The Lizard Canary.
Developed in France during
the early 1700s the...
is the one of the oldest breeds of
canary still available today.
canary bird made it's way to Britain
via French Huguenot weavers. These weavers were French Calvinist refugees
fleeing religious persecution.
While these canaries were never
super-popular in Europe they were in no danger of "going the way of the
...they almost became extinct in the
With the ravages of two world
wars and disease epidemics the Lizard was reduced to only a couple dozen
breeding pairs by the mid 1940's.
Lizard Canary Association of Great Britain
came to this bird's rescue and began a very closely monitored "come-back" breeding
program focusing intently on excellent canary care and keeping each bird as healthy as possible.
Today this canary thrives and is one of most popular Type
canaries available even if his singing is not among the best.
Interestingly while most canary
breeds were named after their place of origin the Lizard is named for
Black crescent-shaped spots running down the
back and breast of the Lizard give this bird a reptilian scaly
appearance. This visual effect is known as "spangling" on the
back and "rowing" on the breast.
This canary gradually
loses this lizard-like pattern with each annual molt. As a result, this
striking canary only has one year to do well at canary shows.
They also sport a "cap"...a single
circular pattern of feathers on top of the head. Sometimes this cap is a
regular oval shape with clear edges and sometimes it a rather irregular shaped
This is not a cap like
the crested canaries
have but a simple "cap of color".
Legs and beak should be a shiny black.
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For more on these canaries visit the
Southern Lizard Canary Club.
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