In part 1, I published a photo of a silver Lizard and asked if it was a clear cap or broken cap. You can see the same bird from a different angle above.
Alex Maclean and Andy Williamson raised their heads above the parapet and opined that it was a clear cap. They are right because the area of dark feathering is well below the 10% tolerance allowed in the definition of a clear cap.
Andy also commented that many OMJ judges would classify the bird as a broken cap. He’s right. I have seen a bird with a similar cap, but with much less dark feathering above the beak, go on to win not only the broken cap class but also Best in Show. It was a contentious decision, and while the leading breeders disagreed (one quite angrily), less experienced breeders will have been misled.
The bird you see here is a clear cut example, but distinguishing broken caps from clear caps and non caps can be tricky when the birds are close to that 10% margin. I will provide guidance on how to classify them in Part 2.