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English canaries

The English breeders devote their study and attention to high color and large size, and have for years been patiently breeding with these objects in view. English canaries have not proven to be as strong and healthy as the German birds, and consequently there are now very few of them being imported, as dealers must expect a heavy loss on their shipments, owing to changes of climate.

The Norwich Canary is a general favorite among the English breeders. He takes his name from the city of Norwich, where for generations he has been bred and cultivated, and is easily recognized anywhere by his brilliant deep reddish-yellow plumage. He averages about six and one-half inches in length; looks much larger than the German birds, and has a very attractive appearance. I consider the Norwich Canary by far the most beautiful of all canaries, but their song is much inferior to the Hartz Mountain birds. This may be largely owing to the food given these birds as well as their lack of training.

Their color is frequently so dark that they are sometimes called red canaries. Next in importance to the English birds we find the Manchester Coppy which is the giant of the canary family and is really a remarkable bird both for the size of his body and for the crest which usually adorns his head. This bird is massive, graceful and quite sprightly. They are usually bred to a clear yellow color, but frequently have crests of another hue.

The London Fancy Canary has body feathers of dark, golden yellow, but the wings and tail are black or dark green. The Scotch Fancy Canary more nearly resembles the Belgian Canary than the English. It is a long, slender bird, having flat head, but the neck is straighter or more in line with its body than the Belgian's. There are no crested birds in the Scotch class.

Gold and Silver Spangled Lizard Canaries are now classed in the front rank of fancy birds. In their native country they are certainly beautiful birds, being handsomely spangled with clear gold or silvery feathers, the body color being of a greenish cast, sometimes overcast with a rich golden yellow of the Norwich. The most important feature of these birds is their cap or crest, and their spangling on back is as prominent as in the breed of fowls known as Silver Laced Wyandottes.