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Zebra finch

Original image copyright: Ross Walker (Ohmi Finch)  近江フィンチ

Species: Zebra finch キンカチョウ
Common names: Chestnut-eared finch, spotted-sided finch, Zebra finch
Genus: Taeniopygia guttata castanotis
Mutation: Normal ノーマル
Gender: Cock
Split ring number:  23
Born (day/month/year):  1/1/2012 (estimated)
DB item code: 46046
(for the bird pictured above): 
General species notes: Zebra finches are dimorphic. That is to say that the males and females have different coloration. Males have a number of distinguishing features including: orange cheek patches, stripes on the throat, black bar on the breast and a chestnut colored flank with white spots. Females lack these features and are gray in those areas mentioned. Beak color is generally a brighter red in males and a orange color in females. This is variable based on the breeding condition of the birds. Juveniles fledge looking like females, but with a black beak. The beak and adult colors are usually complete by the time the young are 90 days old.

There are a number of mutations that can alter these colors and dimorphic characteristics. See the individual pages on the specific color mutations for descriptions of the altered colors and how that effects the sexing of the birds.

Data source: http://www.efinch.com/species/zebra.htm

Site copyright: Dr Ross Walker, Shiga, Japan. The information contained on this website is provided as an educational resource.

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