South East Queensland Zebra 
Finch Society Inc.

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Black Faced

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HISTORY: In 1959 Mr Harry Nesbit of Griffiths, NSW caught a cock bird near Leeton, NSW. He subsequently had no success in trying to reproduce this bird and so gave it to Mr Bill Maggs in 1960. He first produced another Black-Faced cock and then subsequently produced sufficient to send some to Mr Eric Baxter in SA. Mr Baxter spent many years experimenting with the mutation and ultimately believed there were 3 variations.



  • Black-Face x Black-Face = Grey & Black-Face cocks and hens
  • Black-Face x Grey = Grey & Black-Face cocks and hens *


The reverse mating will give the same results. 

It is said that 'double factor' and 'single factor' birds are produced. To date evidence produced suggests that all Black-Face are 'single factor'; 'double factor' birds do not develope pass the embryo stage.




  • Side Flank spots absent/blurred
  • Zebra lines blurred
  • Breast bar extends past legs



  • Faint breast barring
  • Face Area not body colour




GENERAL: Black-Face are very popular birds; however in our quest for the all 'black' Zebra Finch 'true' Black-Face birds are rare. To maintain purity of Black-Face matings back to normal Grey is recommended. Black-Face to Black-Face matings increases the amount of black on the cock birds. Careful selection of the correct coloured hen is most crucial.


SHOW STANDARD: (refer to drawing)


  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • To conform to appropriate colour. Face Area appropriate Tear Drop colour, devoid of white. Side Flanks of darker shade. Breast Bar extending down towards legs.



  • As for cock, except all cock markings replaced by body colour.
  • Face Area body colour. Underparts body colour extending down towards legs.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange
  • Rump  -  Off-white