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Masked Finch - Masked Finch mutation

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Masked Finch

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

Species: Masked Finch キバシキンセイチョウ
Common names: Mask Finch, Masked Grassfinch, Masked Finch
Genus: Poephila personata
Mutation: Normal ノーマル
Gender: Cock
Split ring number:  6
Closed ring code:  BOF AM 607 2.3.16 131
Born (day/month/year):  1/1/2016 (estimated)
DB item code: 46248
(for the bird pictured above): 

Imported from Europe. Arrived a few days before this photo was taken, so still looking a bit tired and soiled. Confirmed cock.

General mutation notes: There are 2 types of mutations. 1. Fawn and 2. White. Both mutations are very rarely seen and reported.
General species notes: 

Masks like to roost in a wicker nest. Give them cover as they can easily stress out. So they need a roosting nest. Don't destroy the roosting nest in winter of they can die (outside aviary).

Young are fully coloured by 3 months.

Pair bonding is very strong in these birds. Bonding is best achieved when mixing with a large amount of young uncoloured masked finches. They will naturally pair better on their own. Masked finches are prone to pneumonia when kept in cooler climates. Ensure cages and aviaries floors are dry and kept away from cold draughts.

There is one subspecies of the nominate form called the White-eared Masked Grassfinch (Poephila personata leucotis). The subspecies is from the Cape York penninsua area, whereas the nominate species is found in the Kimberley region and across the Top end of Australia. I do not believe that the White-eared subspecies exists in U.S. aviculture. It is rare even in Europe. It looks very similar to the nominate form with a white area behind the face mask and some white in front of the trouser stripe.

Data source: http://www.feathersandphotos.com.au/forum/archive/index.php/t-4612.html?s=09e154f55ed7edc36b83a4efce2a3c2c

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