Theory is when you know something, but it doesn’t work. Practice is when something works, but you don’t know why (anon).
In Lizard canary basics, Part 7, I described sexual dimorphism in the Lizard canary; in other words, how to distinguish males from females. In this post, I am going to invite you to put that theoretical knowledge to the test. If it works, and you understand why it works, you will have mastered one of the fundamental characteristics of the Lizard canary.
It is aimed at beginners and novices, but even more advanced breeders may find some of the later tests an interesting challenge. I am going to present you with a series of photographs of two similar Lizard canaries, one is a male and the other a female. All you need to do is to identify which is which.
1. Here are two clear cap gold Lizard canaries: can you tell which is the male and which is the female?
2. Now two non cap silvers. Same question.
3. Here are two broken cap gold Lizard canaries:
Now I’m going to make things a little more difficult. With experience, it is easy to recognise the gender of 99% of all the Lizards on sight, but there are always a few exceptions. These are the 50/50 birds that are tricky to sex, especially for beginners, but they can sometimes confuse champion exhibitors too. The uncertainty usually arises from either the lack of rowings in hens, or a profusion of rowings in cocks. Well coloured hens can also cause confusion, as can poorly coloured cocks. Have a go at these:
4. Two broken cap gold Lizard canaries
5. Two clear cap silver Lizard canaries:
6. Two broken cap silver Lizard canaries:
7. Finally, look at the bird at the head of this article. Is it a male or a female?
Answers in a future post.