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Star Finch - Yellow head mutation mutation

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Star Finch

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

Species: Star Finch コモンチョウ
Common names: Rufous-tailed finch, Red-tailed finch, Red-faced finch, Ruficauda finch, Queensland star finch (N. ruficauda), Western Australian star finch (N. r. clarescens)
Genus: Neochmia ruficauda
Mutation: Yellow Head イエローヘッド
Gender: Cock
Split ring number:  35
Closed ring code:  Iwa-17-196
Born (day/month/year):  4/1/2017 (estimated)
DB item code: 46531
(for the bird pictured above): 


General mutation notes: Sex-linked mutation. Hen Normal Red head x Cock Yellow head give us 100 % Yellow head hens, and 100% normal red head cocks that are split for yellow head.
General species notes: Forehead, sides of head, chin and beak: bright red; neck and upper back: grey-green to olive green; wings: grey-brown; belly: yellowish green; rump and central tail feathers: crimson. Red eyes, yellow legs and feet. Spots located on mask, chest and along the sides of the belly. Older birds tend to have more intense coloration and a greater number of spots. Race N. r. clarescens males have more extensive red on the head, brighter yellowish-green upperparts, yellowish breast and flanks. Juveniles are very similar to Crimson Finch juveniles; they are a dull olive-brown with their underparts being a lighter shade than their back, have a blackish bill, and have brown legs and feet.

Mutations include:

(but pied feathers only tend to show on the head, wings, and tail);
yellow-faced or orange-headed (where the mask is yellow instead of red);

(a lighter, more fawn version of the bird with the same markings, just in a lighter, browner tone) present in Europe, similar to the Australian cinnamon - sex-linked mutation;

Cinnamon (in Australia; green-brown upperparts, underparts paler and more green-buff, rump and uppertail coverts pink-mauve, but red face mask retained);

(in Australia; upperparts pale fawn/cream, underparts pale buff-yellow, rump and uppertail coverts pale pink, eyes red, red face mask remains);
yellow-bodied (in Australia, upperparts and underparts yellow, red areas retained, eyes red);

(in South Africa; upperparts silver green-grey, underparts pale grey-green, red areas become pale orange-yellow while yellow is reduced in intensity in yellow-faced forms)
clear-head (total lack of red on the head, sexing must be done by DNA)

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

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