South East Qld Zebra Finch Society Inc

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Pied

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HISTORY: No record could be found on the origin of Pieds. It is possible that Mr Lyons produce Pieds when breeding his Whites but we don't know for sure. Pieds first appeared in Europe in 1927 but we do not know if they were bred from birds imported from Australia or from birds already in that country.

 

GENETICS: RECESSIVE

  • Pied x Pied = Pied cocks and hens
  • Pied x Grey = Grey/pied cocks and hens *
  • Grey/pied x Pied = Pied & Grey/pied cocks and hens *
  • Grey/pied x Grey = Grey & Grey/pied cocks and hens **
  • Grey/pied x Grey/pied = Grey, Pied & Grey/pied 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

  • Pied areas not symetrical
  • Pied area more or less than 50%
  • All markings not broken with pied  

HEN

  • Pied areas not symetrical
  • Pied area more or less than 50%
  • All markings not broken with pied

 

AVAILABILITY: Common.

 

GENERAL: Good evenly marked Pieds are difficult to breed. Pieds can be loosely grouped under 3 forms:

1) 50/50 Pied; as per the standard

2) Flighted Pied; normal coloured bird with white flight feathers

3) Saddleback Pied; white bird with coloured back

Pieds are available in all colour forms; but the Grey, Fawn and ‘Black’ birds are the most striking.


SHOW STANDARD: (refer to drawing)


COCK

  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • To conform to the appropriate colour, but to be broken with 'white' approximately 50% of each colour in a symmetrical pattern. the bird should retain all markings in broken form. 


HEN

  • As for cock.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange
  • Rump  -  Off-white