The Stafford Canary, the first new canary variety since the Fife Canary which was developed in the 1950's, is a real dandy!
Stafford Canary Stats
Scientific Name: Serinus canaria domesticus
Size: 5 inches
Native Region: Stafford, England
Life Expectancy: Up to 10 years
Noise Level: Quiet
Talk/Trick Ability: Canaries are kept for their singing ability and antics.
Stafford Canary Species Profile:
Traits: Stafford canaries were developed in the 1980s in Stafford, England. They are a cross between the Gloster and red-factor types. The Stafford canary is a type canary, bred for its physical appearance rather than its song. This beautiful bird can be either crested or non-crested and it has red and rose ground colors.
Stafford canaries are rather short, compact birds with bright red and rose ground colors evenly distributed throughout the plumage. They can have one of three feather types: non-frosted, frosted or mosaic (dimorphic), and they can be crested or non-crested. As a pet, they tend to be good-natured and easy to care for, as well as hardy. It may be difficult to obtain this type of canary, as there are not as many available.
Behavior/Health Concerns: The Stafford canary does well in either cages or aviaries. They are on the timid side and should not be housed together with parakeets, lovebirds or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive. Additionally, males can be territorial and should be kept separately. They like to bathe daily and should be given water to do so. Their environment should not be wet, cool or drafty, and if they are given space to sunbathe, they should also have a shaded area to protect from too much sun. Keep perches clean to avoid any foot problems.
The Stafford Canary has a rather unique development, the standard for this bird was created before the final canary breed was actually developed. In the 1970's an inspired group of breeders, aware of a red/rose canary variety that existed in Europe called the 'Deutche Koife', wanted to create a red/rose crested variety. Thus they decided on the standards and proceeded to develop the canary type.
The Stafford Canary is a "type canary", bred for physical characteristics rather than color or song. They are a newer canary variety, originating as a cross between the Gloster and Red Factor types. They can be either a crested or non-crested version and they have red and rose ground colors. Being quite beautiful, they have created quite a stir among
For more information about the care of Canaries see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Canary
Scientific Name : Serinus canaria domesticus
The Stafford Canary is a new variety of canary that was developed in the the 1980's in Stafford, England. Their first appearance on the British National Exhibition bench was in 1987. Here Zoe Finn, the daughter of Peter Finn who was one of the pioneers in the development of this variety, exhibited what was to become recognized as the Stafford Canary, at the Perry Hill show in Birmingham. The Stafford Canary Club formed in 1988. They applied and received acceptance of the Stafford as a new breed of canary by The Canary Council of Great Britain in 1990. In 1992 in America, the National Cage Bird Show added the Stafford in the Type division, and today either crested or non-crested birds can be shown.
Fairly short compact birds, the Stafford Canary is 5 inches (12.7 cm) in length. As a "type canary", they are bred to accepted type standard, meaning they can be clear, variegated or self. They come in bright red and rose ground colors evenly distributed throughout the plumage, with melanistic coloring in the self's. There are three feather types, non-frosted, frosted, or mosaic (dimorphic) and they can be crested or non-crested.
Care and feeding:
Canaries like wide open spaces so provide a roomy cage. Provide a cage with vertical bars and small perches of different size for foot exercise. Have at least 1 perch set high in the cage for the canary to roost (sleep). The cage should be placed high, so the canary can look down on us so to speak.
Canaries eat mainly canary seed and rape seed. Vitamin coated canary seed mixes are readily available at a pet store. Greens are also enjoyed and can be offered daily along with a little calcium in the form of a cuttlebone.
They do like to bath, so should be offered a bird bath. Cage cleaning and toe nail trimming is about all the maintenance canaries need.
They are good-natured social creatures that do well when kept in cages or in aviaries. They are timid birds though and should not be housed with parakeets, lovebirds, or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive birds by nature.
Male canaries should be kept in a cage by themselves to ensure quality singing. Males can be territorial and pairing up with two male canaries in a cage can cause fights. In a spacious aviary canaries can generally be housed with other canaries, finches, and other hardbills.
Canaries do not require toys, mirrors or any other form of entertainment, a swing is all they need to keep themselves occupied. Most of the time, canaries are simply enjoyed for their beauty and singing. However, some canaries are allowed out of their cage to perch or are show canaries and therefore require taming or training.
To show well, being steady and holding themselves up well before a judge, frilled canaries do need a certain amount training.
Most canaries breed easily and readily if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning. They are best bred in breeding cages.They lay their eggs in a nest. The female will lay 3 to 6 eggs, one per day. It is best to allow a hen to have only two clutches.
The Parisian Frilled Canary can often be difficult to breed as they can be rather poor feeders. Many breeders will foster the eggs out to other canaries. These foster parents are referred to as 'pumpers' and are used to hatch and rear the young of more delicate and fragile breeds. Frilled Canaries don't need to be color fed and even though they have feathering that is longer than any other type of canary, they appear to be free from feather cysts.
These birds are hardy and healthy if provided with a good environment and a good diet. Avoid an environment that is wet, cool, and drafty.
Stafford Canaries can be obtained, but often it will take getting placed on a waiting list with a breeder as there is more demand than availability. They can be found primarily through breeders, but may also occasionally be found through bird shows and on the internet.
Stafford Canary Singing
Stafford Canary Singing @ 7 months
Crested Stafford and Red factor canary cage
The Stafford canaries are primarily bred for color and conformation. The Stafford Canary was developed by crossing the Red Factor Canary with theGloster Canary. The Stafford Canary can also have a crest (corona). The crest and conformationare a result of cross breeding Red Factor with Gloster canaries.The males have a free, wild, chopping song.
The crest feathers should radiate from a small circle at the center of the top of the head and should finish level with the top of the eye. There should not be an obvious break at the back of the head where the crest meets the neck.
The head should have a broad well rounded appearance from whatever angle it is viewed. Theforehead should have a good rise above the beak. The curve of the head should continue to rise to the center of the skull, giving the head a nice rounded appearance. The forehead should be broad as the head is behind the eye. And finally the head should have a browy appearance with heavy feathering above the eye.
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