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Post  FinchG on Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:07 pm


The Creamino mutation occurs in at least two commonly kept finch species: a) the Bengalese Finch (affectionately called Bengies) primarily known here in the United States as the Society Finch; and b) the Longtailed Grassfinch AKA the Shafttail Finch(affectionately called Shafties), of which the red beaked subspecies, the Heck's Grassfinch, has become the dominant variety found in US aviaries. In Shafties, many people refer to the Creamino mutation by the common moniker'Cream'. I am currently unaware of any other commonly found finches which definitely have the Creamino mutation/phenotype.

Also sometimes simply known as “Ino”, in Societies the Creamino first appeared in Denmark and then reached Holland by 1985 1. From there, the mutation spread to all corners of the world.

Creamino feather pigments are strongly reduced such that the base feather color is faintly off-white to pink blushed dark cream. For those with haunting nightmares of standardized tests, here's an analogy:

Espresso is to the Chocolate Society as Caféau Lait is to the Creamino. In other words, imagine steaming hot cream splashed with espresso, and you pretty much have the color intensity of the Creamino.

Creamino is actually a par-ino (partial ino) mutation while Albino completely lacks pigmentation due to a knock-out muta-tion in tyrosinase, the essential rate limiting enzyme requisite for all melanin

CREAMINO PAIRINGS: When breeding Creaminos, its best that one parent
should be Chocolate (or interchangeably Black Brown).
While Creamino x Creamino matings do produce the most Creamino chicks
(all progeny will be Creamino) in the shortest period of time, this pairing does
not allow the breeder to select one mate which will have a rich dark Chocolate
phenotype. If you are breeding for quality and/or the show bench, Creamino
x Creamino pairings are not recommended. To reiterate, the prized Creamino
is one with the lowest possible levels of eumelanin (approaching zero) yet
retains deep warm pinkish phaeomelanin hues.

CREAMINO COMBINATIONS: Creamino severely affects and reduces all
melanin feather pigments and therefore doesn't really combine very well with most other color mutations.
NFSS 2005

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