Illustrated glossary of mutations in zebrafinch
I made this glossary to illustrate in photos the mutations existing in the zebrafinch.
He can help you identify the mutation (s) of your zebrafinch.
Important clarification : To identify the genotype of your zebrafinch, it must be taken into account that a zebrafinch can carry a mutation without being mutant. Being a carrier (/) of a mutation means that it is partially present (genetically speaking). from a visual point of view the partially carried mutation will not be seen or only by some clues present in the appearance of the bird.
It will be necessary in this case, to have an eye informed to determine the genotype. Sometimes docking couplings will be required.
Your zebrafinch can also have several mutations, the possible combinations are numerous.
This glossary is based solely on the phenotype (visual characters) and simple mutations (not combined).
The gray zebrafinch is not a mutation, it is the original type (wild).
1. Gender mutations
The female can never be a carrier, she is mutant or non-mutant.
The male may carry the mutation.
Masked, old type
Masked, new type
2. Dominant mutations
Neither the male nor the female can be a carrier, just one mutant to get 50% of young mutants.
3. Free recessive mutations
Both male and female can carry the mutation. The character must be present twice to be visible in both males and females.
4. Some combinations of mutations
Black face male,orange breast, black breast
Male black face, black cheeks
Male masked black cheeks
Male pastel pale back
Female brown cheeks
5. Uncommon mutations
- Thanks to Bart Houben and Loïc Leducq, owners of the published photos, who have granted the publication.