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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: Hen
Split ring number:  133
Born (day/month/year):  01/02/2018 (estimated)
DB item code: 46650
(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 grow darker over time.

This specimen is said to be a hen, and the blackish beak confirms this..
Looks to be phenotypically normal, but hopefully she is split to the mystery "red eye dilute" gene her siblings have.

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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