South East Queensland Zebra 
Finch Society Inc.

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Chestnut Flanked White

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HISTORY: In 1937 Mr Whitehouse of Brisbane caught 3 white hens with tear stripes and tail markings. Although he had success breeding with these hens it was many years before he produced cock birds with markings similar to the normal Grey. He named the mutation 'Marked White'. Mr Whitehouse's birds were the mutation which we now call Chestnut Flanked White .


  • CFW x CFW = CFW cocks and hens
  • CFW x Grey = Grey/CFW cocks and CFW hens
  • Grey x CFW = Grey/CFW cocks and Grey hens
  • Grey/CFW x CFW = CFW & Grey/CFW cocks and Grey & CFW hens
  • Grey/CFW x Grey = Grey & Grey/CFW cocks and Grey & CFW hens * 

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



  • Body colour not white
  • Dirty colour on head
  • Markings too dark or light  


  • Body colour not white
  • Dirty colour on head
  • Pale tail coverts 

AVAILABILITY:  Common; hens more so.

GENERAL: Recent breeding indicates that CFW and Marked White are the same mutation; CFW being of the lighter form.



  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • Head, neck & wings  -  White
  • Underparts  -  White
  • Tear Drop  -  Dark grey
  • Face Area  -  White
  • Breast Bar  -  Dark grey
  • Cheek Lobes  -  Pale apricot
  • Throat & Upper Breast  -  White, with dark grey
  • Side Flanks  -  Pinkish fawn, with white spots
  • Tail Coverts  -  Dark grey, with white bars
  • Tail  -  2 shade lighter than coverts
  • Rump  -  White 


  • As for cock, except all cock markings replaced by white.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange