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Red-billed firefinch - Ruddy mutation

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Red-billed firefinch

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

Species: Red-billed firefinch コウギョクチョウ、カゲロウチョウ、ルビーチョウ
Common names: Red-billed firefinch, Senegal firefinch, Ruddy, African Firefinch
Genus: Lagonosticta senegala
Mutation: Normal ノーマル
Gender: Hen
Split ring number:  5
Born (day/month/year):  3/1/2017 (estimated)
DB item code: 46479
(for the bird pictured above): 

Imported from Belgium.

General species notes: Ruddies are one of 10 Firefinch species comprising the Lagonosticta genus (or 9 or 11 depending on your taxonomic school of thought) which are all native to various parts of Africa. Of the Firefinches, Ruddies have by far the largest natural range which encompasses most of tropical and southern sub-tropical Africa. Within its wild range the species has readily adapted to various habitat types including areas of human habitation such as cultivated areas as well as rural villages & towns often venturing very close to human dwellings. This natural adaptability has served the species well in adapting to captivity. There are 9 recognized subspecies each originating from a different corner of Africa and each exhibiting slight physical differences with noticeable variation in body colour & spotting on both sexes. Australia's original imports comprised at least a handful of these subspecies. This has resulted in a robust and genetically varied breeding population as well as providing considerable scope for selective breeding to significantly improve on any of the variable physical attributes of the species. I generally select for enhanced spotting on both sexes, particularly hens. Hens carry far more and larger white spots than cocks and some specimens carry spots right across the chest as well as the flanks. In terms of body colour, I prefer golden brown hens rather than the more bronze ones. I also like to see some red suffusion through the brown areas on hens. This red wash is particularly prominent in the cinnamon mutation.

Data source: http://www.aussiefinchbreeder.com/Ruddy.htm

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