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The fertile hybrid theory: the Serin

If you could go back 300 years to the France of Louis XIV, the Sun King, you would discover that the canary (Serinus canaria) was not called le Canari but le Serin de Canarie (the Serin of the Canaries).  This is the name that Hervieux used to differentiate it from the ordinary Serin (Serinus serinus).  […]... Read More
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History, part 13: Galloway & the origin of the Lizard canary

‘I have bred and now possess alive two Siskin-Canary hybrids, one with a perfectly shaped golden-yellow cap (most of the rest of the bird being dark-heavily variegated) and another with a beautiful silver-spangled back (most of the rest of the bird being clear) . . . The spangled back appeared at the first moult, just […]... Read More
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History, part 12: Rudolf Galloway’s theory

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia. When Rudolf Galloway began keeping records of his breeding experiments with canaries and British finches in 1891, he was ahead of […]... Read More