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Color & Markings
Approved by the NPA

HEAD MARKINGS (CHEEKS) – To be that color of the ground color; carries in a uniform curve from the nares, over and behind the eyes and prolongs into a bib which extends from the corner of the beak to 2 cm, below the beak; ground color shows a narrow edging over nares or beak wattle.

BREAST AND BODY MARKINGS – The ground color and the light metallic coloration of the neck are sharply divided in a smooth even curve not to extend over 1 cm. below the wing butts. The dark ground color covers the lower breast, belly, legs and tail. Other than the breast, the demarcation between the ground color and the light coloration is not too noticeable as it extends under the wings and across the rump.

PRIMARY FLIGHTS – The ground color on the flights is lighter than the body ground color and sharply edges the distal 2/3’s of the feather ending in ground colored tips. The end of each flight to have a white spot, “finch mark”, or here after called a “pearl”. With the wing closed the pearls are not to be expected to be too plainly visible. The sharpness and whiteness of the pearls is more important than size of the markings. The pearls may vary in size; but should be round and clearly defined. It is unimportant that the 10th (outermost) primary has a pearl, because that primary is not seen in a standing pose with the wing folded.

GROUND COLOR – In silvers they shall be dark slate colored with a shiny“nut brown” sheen; ground color is allowed to vary in shade of color. There is to be a sharp delineation or junction between the dark ground color and the metallic silver coloration of the neck. Uppermost “nut brown” color blends into dark slate color of belly. The base of tail and cheeks often show a darker shade than body ground color. The albescent strip is permitted. The silver of the wings and back, the “nut brown” of the chest, and the dark slate body color blend into each other on the back. The blues show a uniform ground color and black tail bar. Upper breast may be of a lighter or darker shade of blue, white albescent strips are allowed on the outermost tail feathers. A rich or deep ground color is desired in reds and yellows.

OTHER COLORS – The forehead, top of head, back of head, neck, wing shield, pearls and markings of flights in silvers and blues should be a light soft silver-like in color. In reds and yellows the color to be ivory-like color, somewhat lighter in yellows than in the reds. In all colors the lighter color is to be distinct from the ground color. The under color of the light portions of the body are always dark, only the distal portions of the feathers are light.

Serious Faults:
Narrow or weak body; dark tips of flecks on feathers in silvered areas of wing shield; light cheeks; dark forehead; dark on top of head; lacking or faulty “pearls”; and silveriness of chest extending more than 1 cm below the wing butts.

In silvers: Lacking of “nut-brown” chest coloration; bluish ground color; ground color too black; light colored ceres; dark or unclear silver color on shield.

In blues: Dirty or off color breast color; grayness or washed out color in tail or body color.

In Reds and Yellows: Off color or dirty in silvered areas; dunor bluish coloration in tail, body, and flights; lack of sharp contrast at the borders between dark and silver colors on cheeks, breast, and “pearls”; beak too dark.

Order of judging: Color, markings, type, head, eyes.

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