HISTORY: Was first developed by Mr Eric Baxter of SA, while breeding the Black-Faced mutation. In 1988 the South East Queensland Zebra Finch Society proposed a standard, which was accepted.
- Black-Bodied x Black-Bodied = Grey & Black-Bodied cocks and hens
- Black-Bodied x Grey = Grey & Black-Bodied 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-Bodied are 'single factor'; 'double factor' birds do not develop pass the embryo stage.
- Side Flank spots
- Breast Bar not extending to beak or vent
- Faint breast barring
- Body colour on underparts not extending to vent
- Face Area not body colour
GENERAL: Black-Bodied are a variation of Black-Face; 'true' Black-Bodied birds are rare. Black-Bodied matings will improve the intensity of black colour on cock birds but may also decrease size. The selection of the correct coloured hen is very important.
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, devoid of white spots.
- Throat, upper breast, breast bar and underparts appropriate breast bar colour.
- Tail bars and rump area reduced in size.
- As for cock, except all cock markings replaced by body colour.
- Face Area body colour.
- Underparts body colour extending to vent.
- Beak - Reddish-orange
- Rump - Off-white