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Diamond Firetail Finch - Silver mutation

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Diamond Firetail Finch

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

Species: Diamond Firetail Finch ダイヤモンドフィンチ
Common names: Diamond Sparrow, Diamond Fire-tail, Spotted-sided Finch, Diamond Firetail Finch
Genus: Emblema guttata, Stagonopleura guttata
Mutation: Silver シルバー
Gender: Cock
Split ring number:  19
Closed ring code:  IWA-17-007
Born (day/month/year):  11/1/2016 (estimated)
DB item code: 46416
(for the bird pictured above): 

Straight from the shipping box to the photography stage after a long travel, so looking a bit soiled.

General mutation notes: From Russel Kingston, The Finch; A Breeders Companion:
"best described as a dilute. the entire colours are paler and in sunlight the bird has a 'silver' sheen".
This appears to be the same mutation as Europe's "Pastel" mutation.
General species notes: Disposition
Bold and assertive. Individuals vary in how aggressive they are, giving the species an unpredictable temperament. Diamond Firetails tend to become particularly aggressive while breeding, especially towards closely-related Australian finch species such as zebra finches, owl finches, and shaft-tail finches.

Physical descriptions
Silvery grey head with black lores, white chin and throat, red eye rings, and maroon beak. The back and wings are deep grey-brown, the rump crimson, the tail black. The chest has a black band across it, the flanking is black with white dots, the belly is white, and the legs are dark grey. The juvenile has an olive-gray head, black beak, brown flanks, and white underparts.

Data source: http://www.finchinfo.com/birds/finches/species/diamond_firetail_finch.php

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