Mutations in the Aviary:
We have a large selection of breeder pairs for variety. These are some examples of our breeding stock for reference. We work hard to streamline the bloodlines to make them all very unique and healthy. Therefore if you require a breeding pair, make sure to note thus so we can provide you with unrelated birds. This is a sample of mutations we produce, please note there are many combinations of these varieties:
*Note: We do not carry pied, and currently have no CFW in the aviary.
Technically this is a: Light-Back/Dominent Silver=
Light grey body with diluted cheek patches and flanking (side of bid) on male, while retaining deep black breast bar and tear drops. Lacing around the wings is beautiful but can vary from bird to bird (as can the cheek patch color). Can be combined with a number of other mutations for interesting results, including black-cheeked, cream, silver, blackbreasted, etc.
Light Back= Saya (hen)
Note how there is no breast bar or cheek patches and the beak is a clear orange (instead of red) because it is female. However the thick black markings and white underbelly are very striking. There is lacing around the wings and lighter grey back/head which is a sex-linked trait (if the female is lightback all the male offspring will be lightback and vice versa). This particular bird is not for sale, nor is it breeding stock as it is hand-fed and member of a human family.
Fawn= Longines (hen)
Everything which is normally grey on the bird becomes a light brown color. Dark markings remain intact but become a deep brown. Fawn can be combined with many other mutations, including pied, black breasted, black cheek, penguin, and more.
Fawn= Barkley (young cock)
When you compare the male and female, it is very dramatic as his flanks (side) are bright orange/red to match his cheek patches. Honestly this mutation is a favorite as the muted color lends itself to the same color as the orange on the body. (this image is a poor example as the contrast is too high- the body is more like the image above and nearly as 'grey' as it looks). This is also a young zeb- he will grow into fuller color in 2-3 months.
Black Breasted Fawn= Kahlua (hen)
Fawn base, like the image above, but is also black breasted- which means the tear drop has been removed and tail feather lose the 'lines'. This is a show quality breeder- notice the feather density on the head and chest with a shorter beak.
BB:Black-Breasted/Grey= Ebony (hen)
Enlarged black breast bar in males, enlarged cheek patches (sometimes so enlarged that they cover almost the entire head), the white 'spots' on the flanks and tail coverts are elongated (lace), teardrops are absent on both sexes. May be combined with other mutations (we have many black breasted varieties).
Normal Grey/Orange Breasted (blackbreasted split): George (cock)
Normal grey is similar to the coloration of those in the wild- we specifically combine this with Orange Breasted to produce strong coloration. Note that this line is still being sampled and not ready for show. These birds are 'medium size' (around 20 grams *note normal finches are 16g, my show quality are 27g). These make amazing pets as the do not require as large of an enclosure and are bred singular (only human contact). We should be producing show quality in the next 6 months.
Penguin= Bailey (cock)
Penguins have dark upper body color, the feathers of the wings and back are edged with silvery-white . Upper breast and underparts bright white and the cheeks and flanking are bright orange. Females have white cheeks and bright white breast and belly.
Black Faced= Onyx- aka 'Batman' (cock)
Dramatic and stunning. The white area between the tear drop and beak is black, making it look like a black face. The breast is mostly all black continuing down the under body of the bird. The flanks often have fewer white dots. The hens look very much like normal hens but the white area between the tear drop and beak is grey. Black Faced birds do not resemble Black Breasted birds so please do not confuse them.
Creams= Valentine (hen)
Creams all a diluted cream and white throughout that is much lighter than a fawn and more saturation than a Dominant Silver. Fledgling will often have no tear marks. They are the offspring of a Dominant Silver (sometimes split for LB) and Fawn.
Orange-Breasted, BlackBreasted Isabel/Fawn (PHAEO)=
Ambrose & Angelica (cock and hen)
Teardrops are absent on both sexes, the once-black breast bar and barring on the cock becomes orange in coloration, his cheek patches become enlarged, and both the cock and hen's tail coverts are orange and white spotted instead of black and white spotted. Can be combined with other mutations for interesting color.
Pastel/Dilute/ aka Dominant Silver=
Bluish-silver WHITE body, with white towards the exterior, but dark grey where the feather meets the skin (under the wing). Tail marking become dilute. This mutation is often picked on in the aviary because of its light coloration. This particular bird is a beautiful rare contrast mutation.
Chestnut Flanked White= None currently in the Aviary
Both cock and hen are an all-over ivory white color, but the cock and hen retain their respective markings (even the tear drop is intact). Usually the cock's cheek patches, breast bar, and flanking are slightly diluted and seem paler in comparison to the markings on a normal bird.
Isabel= Non currently in the aviary
Reduces the gray/black areas to near white with high contrast orange markings. They are delicate and blend well with many variations.