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Gouldian Finch - Blue back mutation

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Gouldian Finch

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

Species: Gouldian Finch コキンチョウ
Common names: Lady Gouldian Finch, Rainbow Finch, Rainbow Bird, Gouldies, Wondrous Finch, Gouldian Grassfinch, Purple-breasted Finch, Purple-chested Finch, Desert Parrotfinch
Genus: Chloebia gouldiae; Erythrura gouldiae
Mutation: Blue back ブルー
Gender: Cock
Split ring number:  123
Born (day/month/year):  12/1/2017 (estimated)
DB item code: 46634
(for the bird pictured above): 

One of a number of Gouldians with unusual phenotype, related to a mystery "red-eye dilute" gene (might be simply the Lutino gene). These blue specimens are said to be born with red eyes that glow darker over time.

A single-factor pastel blue cock. This guy had red eyes when born and is the offspring of red-eyed parents. Note the unusually-coloured head and throat; this would normally be grey but due to the red-eye mutation (Ino? Fallow?) it is a near-black colour. Also his white chest means he should look close to silver, but he looks blue as if he has a purple chest.

General mutation notes: This generalised category covers all head colours (red, orange, and black) and chest colours (purple, lilac, and white).
General species notes: Hardiness: Hardy when acclimatized
Reproduction: Often problematic
Singing ability: Somewhat poor
Compatibility: Passive, mixes well with other passive species
Size: 5" (12.7 cm)
Weight: Around 16-17 grams

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

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