Type canaries have been bred over the centuries for "appearance only"...however strange.
Some of the ways canaries have had their natural "Physical Appearance" changed include...
--feather arrangement and texture
All this experimentation created some very...oh, let's just say...
"INTERESTING" looking birds...to say the least.
This type of selective breeding doesn't mean that these canaries don't sing. Most sing there little heart out! Of course...
They're no match for a
Song Canary -- And Type canaries WON'T win any singing awards BUT...
To the novice like me and you-->The lack of a championship singing voice is barely noticed.
Dutch, French, and Belgian breeders in the 1800's couldn't help themselves and exploited every variation of posture, size, and frilled feathers they could.
Some of these canaries have the hunchback vulture like pose, some are short and stout while others are tall and thin. You've got the Beatle-like hairdo of the Crested canaries and the fluffed-up-and-hung-out-to-dry "stylings" of the frilled.
While breeding for all these strange shapes, many breeders had to overcome some health problems due to in-breeding and mutation difficulties but over the years many problems have been solved.
Some of the more popular Type canaries are...
- Border or Border Fancy
- The speckled Lizard canary
- The many varieties of Crested canaries.
- The smaller crested Gloster
- The large and strong Norwich
- The large and sometimes crested Lancashire
- Columbus Fancy
- Scotch Fancy
- Italian Gibber Italicus
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