Adopted April 2004
We believe that SOLID COLOURED birds ( blacks, blues, opals, etc.) with only minor or incidental amounts of white should be shown in their COLOUR CLASS, NOT in the PIED class.
Examples of minor or incidental white:
1. A solid coloured bird with a white vent.
2. A solid coloured bird with a couple of white flights OR a couple of white tail feathers.
3. A solid coloured bird with a few white cushion feathers or speckles around the heard area.
Therefore, the definition of PIED has been altered as follows:
PIED: A PIED bird is a solid coloured bird that has less than 98% of its plumage in its standard colour and where the small number of odd (white) feathers cannot be plucked without undo stress to the bird. It is the intent of this description that solid coloured birds with incidental odd (white) feathers be exhibited in their colour class, NOT in the PIED class.
We believe that MARKED birds (Saddles, Tailmarks, Bodymarks) must have limits set to the amount of “mis-marking” that is permitted for the bird to remain in its marking class. The new definitions are:
SADDLE: at least 75% of the tail must be white and 75% of the wing shield must be coloured, or the bird will be placed in the PIED class
TAILMARK: at least 75% of the tail must be coloured or the bird will be placed in the PIED class ( ex. 27 of 36 feathers)
BODYMARK: at least 75% of the tail must be white or the bird will be placed in the PIED class.
NOTE: The responsibility for the final decision on which class that any show entry should be placed belongs to the Show Director/Show Secretary or their designate.