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FEATURE


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he Lizard is the oldest canary and by 1742 it was well documented as a spangled canary with dark wing markings and tail and “a spot on the head called a cap”. By the 19th century the Lizard Canary had been perfected. A bird depicted in a copy of The London Illustrated News on 12 December 1846 is as the Lizard Canary is today. So the Lizard can truly claim to be the oldest distinct variety of exhibiting Canary. The Lizard Canary Association of Great Britain is the successor to the earlier body, the Lancashire Canary & Lizard Canary Fanciers Association. It has the responsibility of safeguarding and promoting the interests of the Lizard Canary. In recent years Area Societies have been formed to promote this unique Canary. There are a number of key points that differentiate the Lizard Canary from other varieties of canary. The Lizard Canary comes in two types, Gold and Silver which is equal to Yellow and Buff in most other varieties of Canary. Buff feathered birds are called Silvers in the Lizard canary fancy; this type of feather is a broader feather, on the body feathers. The Yellow or Gold in the Lizard fancy has a narrower tighter feather on the body. Lizard Canaries are colour fed and this gives he Gold/Yellow a rich golden chestnut colour and the Silver/Buff becomes a warm Silver Grey. The Lizard has a great transformation during the moult.


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