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London Fancies at the National Exhibition 2017

The National Exhibition is one of the few events in this country (or anywhere in the World) where you can see new London Fancies on display.  Officially, this section of the show is hosted by the London Fancy Canary Club, but in practice it is down to the hard work and dedication of two fanciers: […]... Read More
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Variegation, part 4: the fugitive black gene

The general tendency of the whole Canary tribe is to struggle out of darkness into light. W.A. Blakston (1) In this short series we have looked at variegation through its manifestations in other species: greenfinches, budgerigars and chickens.  When it comes to visual impact however, no canary accomplished the ‘struggle out of darkness into light’ […]... Read More
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World Show 2017, part 4: the London Fancy

A class of London Fancies was presented at the 2017 World Show in a section officially known as Nouvelles Race en étude (pas de medailles), in other words for appraisal rather competition.  This is part of COM’s process of evaluating a new breed before it can be recognised officially. I’m not going to go into the […]... Read More
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Variegation, part 1: the pied factor

Those of you who have followed the history series will know that, thanks to the illustrations of Marcus Zum Lamm, variegation first appeared in domestic canaries some time around 1580 in Germany. By the turn of the seventeenth century, Hervieux’s list informs us that French canaries were being graded according to their colour and markings […]... Read More
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London Fancies at the Meijels Pracht 2012

The Meijels Pracht is the show where Piet Renders exhibited his first London Fancy back in 2004.  Here is a video clip of his birds at the 2012 event. Key (from top to bottom): Cage 880 jonque/intensive cock ( red ring 2012) score 89 Cage 881 jonque/intensive hen (red ring 2012) score 88 Cage 882 mealy/non-intensive hen […]... Read More