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THE BLUE LIZARD CANARY

The term “Blue Lizard” canary is very misleading. Towards the end of the 19th century the author Robert L. Wallace wrote a book about canaries and described the “Blue Lizard” as a canary with a soft grey colouration with a blue tint ... and he also wrote that old canary fanciers had told him that “Blue Lizards” were plentiful some 50 to 60 years before. Author Robert L. Wallace reported also in 1903 that the blue lizard was extinct. A canary bird with a really blue plumage is not present. The blue lizard canary was and is nothing else than a dominant white- grounded canary with the characteristic features from the mutation lizard canary in the category “Little Smooth-Feathered Type canaries”. The written and oral history also discloses that the factor dominant white was datet to ca 1667 and after an extinction rediscovered in 1914 in East Prussia/Germany.   Precise dating of written documents are also here as with many other mutations not present. So we can not determine the exact date of extinction of the “Blue Lizard”. Nowadays as with all other canaries, the lizard canary is bred in all three ground colours: yellow, red and white (dominant). The special names for the colours are only used for lizard canaries. “Golds” are the intensiv yellows of this breed. They should be uniform in depth of the ground-colour and of a rich golden bronze entirely free from suggestions of other shade. “Silver Lizards” are the buffs or non-intensive birds. The “Silvery Lizard” should possess a deep ground colour of a warm buff tone. Over mealiness (= too much non- intensiv factor) is to be discouraged. Confusion could occur as well, as in some countries the term “Silver Canary” is used for normal white- grounded melanin canaries. This is not synonymous. The blue lizard canary show like every other dominant white- grounded canary colour in the flight feathers (wings). With adequate administration of colourants for red or yellow colouring the blue lizard canary can show colour in the wings, chest and rump. The factor dominant white is an autosomal dominant mutation and the mating examples and notes are completly identical to every other dominant white- grounded canary. For this read more...> Also the intensiv and non-intensive Factor is in blue lizards canaries present. This distinction is not easy to make and also prepares experienced breeders often problems. About the intensiv & non-intensiv factor in canaries read here...>
Fundamentals of Color Genetics in Canaries: Reproduction and Control
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