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Diamond Firetail Finch - Fawn 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: Fawn ホーン
Gender: Hen
Split ring number:  36
Closed ring code:  JPN-17-C300
Born (day/month/year):  7/1/2017 (estimated)
DB item code: 46579
(for the bird pictured above): 

Still young, so does not have full adult colours.
Not sure if it this is a fawn or cinnamon mutation (probably fawn because it is much more common).
DNA result: hen.

General mutation notes: Fawn Diamond - an autosomal recessive mutation (as all fawn mutations should be; the cinnamon mutation being sex-linked). Fawn is said to have a darker chocolate chest, while cinnamon as a lighter milk chocolate chest.
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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