The Lizard canary: a dozen differences
The Lizard canary is a living antique; by far the oldest distinct variety of canary. The first clear description of a bird with a cap, and known as the fine spangled sort, was published in 1742, but there are clues that it was established much earlier in the eighteenth century.
One of a kind
The Lizard is not a type canary, a frill canary, a colour canary or a song canary. It is a bird of pattern. It is the only variety in this division, although it may be re-united with the London Fancy if attempts to recreate the breed are successful.
The Lizard is a highly ornamental bird, with precise and intricate contrasts of light and dark in its plumage. In the best examples, the patterns have a startling clarity.
The ground colour of the Lizard differs from other breeds in its hue and intensity. This arises from a combination of feather structure, dark underflue, and the Lizard’s unusual metabolism of colour pigments. The best golds have a metallic glint, while the best silvers have a mellow antique sheen.
No other variety places such emphasis on the quality and distribution of black pigments, whether it is in the wings, tail, legs and claws, or within individual feathers. The blacker the better.
Enter the world of the Lizard canary and you will soon find yourself speaking a language established in Georgian England: spangles, rowings, lacings, gold, silver, and cap are perhaps the best known. Unlike most other types of canary, things haven’t changed much over three centuries.
The Lizard is classic example of an ugly duckling turning into an elegant swan. Just watch sparrow-like juveniles emerge from their first moult with spangled splendour. Wonderful.
Lizards are in peak show condition in their first year, but have white tips on the ends of their wings and tail after the second moult. It is easy to assess whether a Lizard is a current-year or an over-year bird even if it is not wearing a closed ring.
No other variety is as easy to sex as the Lizard canary. Males and females are easy to distinguish; you don’t have to wait for the males to sing! It is also easy to differentiate between the two feather types (i.e. gold and silver), so there is no difficulty in selecting matched couples for the breeding season.
Lizards are healthy, fertile birds. They are easy to keep and breed, and not expensive either. Just obtain true-bred stock from an established breeder and you can look forward to producing nice youngsters. If you want a bigger challenge, try showing them!
There is a lot to enjoy: the beauty of the birds; their heritage; their inquisitive yet trusting nature; the rhythm of the seasons; the places you will visit; the people you will meet and soon call friends.
This unique canary has survived against the odds for almost three hundred years; you too could play a part in safeguarding its future. Something out of the ordinary and definitely worthwhile.
Huw Evans 22.08.2016
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Every few days, I sprout some seeds. My brother Larry grew this lovely wheat and to that I add organic mung bean and green lentils with a few black oil sunflower seeds.
I cover the seeds in a large jar with water and soak them overnight and then put in an open wire basket for sprouting. I rinse a couple times a day and mix.
When feeding, I sprinkle with Avi-Culture 2, an avian specific lactobacillus probiotic, (Nationalbird designs.com). The probiotic help the bird absorb nutrients, essential amino acids, antioxidants and proteins so that they develop their full genetic potential and live a long, healthy and productive life with a strong immune system. What a benefit it is to combine essential enzymes from the sprouts with the right probiotic.
Warning: Do not use any probiotic containing Enterococcus faecalis!! According to Clinical Avian Medicine, " Enterococcus faecalis is associated with chronic tracheitis, pneumonia and air sacculitis. Affected birds have increased respiratory sounds, voice changes and dyspnea (difficult breathing). Form canaries are especially sensitive. Treatment with antibiotics will improve the clinical signs, but individual birds can seldom be completely healed. Concurrent infections with Sternostoma tracheacolum (tracheal mites) can occur".
Birds love sprouts and they are so good for them!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
|Same Bird During Test|
I ran the test on groups of 5 in medium size flight cages and 1 or 2 of each group of 5 passed my temperament test! These will be the ones I concentrate on to train for the upcoming shows!!!
Thursday, June 30, 2016
What do you do with overgrown cucumbers, damaged kale, and broccolini leaves, bolting swiss chard heads and marigold flowers? BIRD FOOD I recycle many garden extras and tops from carrots, beets, kohlrabi and turnips. First birds and than to compost!
According to Clinical Avian Medicine "Plant toxicoses are rare. The majority of ingested plants will merely cause mild gastrointestinal signs. Plants that have proven to result in toxic reactions in canaries include avocado, dieffenbachia, foxglove, lupine, Nerium oleander (evergreen shrub cultivated in the Mediterranean) and yew."
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cous cous is my canaries favorite soft food ingredient. It is a major ingredient in my regular breeding nestling food. Now that breeding season is over, young birds and weaning ones love this simple nutritious recipe. Cous cous, olive oil, moringa powder, chia seeds, and poppy seeds. I put all ingredients in a large bowl and cover slightly with cool water and stir periodically to prevent lumps for about a half hour. If lumps occur, process in food processor.
Moringa source states "Moringa is known around the world as a rich source of vegetable protein (30%). It contains 18 amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids, 47 active antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories. In addition moringa powder contains 7x the Vitamin C found in oranges, 4x the Vitamin A of carrots, 4x the calcium of milk, 3x potassium of bananas, as well as zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, kaempferol, silymarin and essential minerals such as zinc and iron. Moringa oleifera is nature’s whole-food complex, which makes it easy for your body to recognize, absorb and assimilate."
What they failed to say was the canaries love it!