South East Qld Zebra Finch Society Inc

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Grizzle


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HISTORY: In 1959 Mr Bruce Read of Camaray, Sydney, discovered in Hilton Arthur's dealers establishment in Newcastle an oddly coloured Grey hen. Through selective breeding he was soon able to reproduce it in both cocks and hens. The body colour was the same as normal Greys but all feathers carried white flecking giving a 'salt and pepper' effect. The hen birds carrying grey cheek patches. After years of breeding he believed that there were 2 types, one with the white fleck and one with the fleck but also carrying a white cap.

 

GENETICS: RECESSIVE

 

  • Grizzle x Grizzle = Grizzle cocks and hens
  • Grizzle x Grey = Grey/grizzle cocks and hens *
  • Grey/grizzle x Grizzle = Grizzle & Grey/grizzle cocks and hens *
  • Grey/grizzle x Grey = Grey & Grey/grizzle cocks and hens **
  • Grey/grizzle x Grey/grizzle = Grey, Grizzle & Grey/grizzle cocks and hens ** 

* The reverse matings will give the same results.

** This mating is not recommended as it is visually impossible to detect which Greys are pure.

 

SHOW FAULTS: 

COCK

  • Lack of flecking in any area
  • Cheek Lobes too much colour 

HEN

  • Lack of flecking in any area

 

AVAILABILITY: Low

 

GENERAL: Grizzles are bred by a few but can be had in all colour forms; the Grey is the most visually striking. Many Grizzles carry pied markings; some show white on the head - giving the appearance of a 'white cap'. It is debatable if this is a fault or a feature of the Grizzle mutation.


SHOW STANDARD: 

COCK

  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  - Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • To conform to the appropriate colour, but appearing to show white flecking on all feathers, thus creating a 'salt & pepper' effect. Cheek Lobes to be body colour with approximately 12% Cheek Lobe colour shown near tear drop.

 

HEN

  • As for cock., except all markings replaced by body colour.
  • Cheek Lobes of lighter body colour.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange
  • Rump  -  Off-white