Backyard Birds

Scotch Fancy Canary, Scots Fancy Canary, or Scottish Canary

The Scotch Fancy Canary, aka Scottish Canary, was developed from imported Belgian canary stock during the early 1800s. By the 1830s, a distinctly new variety had evolved by selection in Glasgow and central lowland Scotland where it was known as The Glasgow Don and more descriptively as The Bird o’ Circle’.

The Scottish Canary is one of the ‘birds of position’ in contrast to the purely ‘type’ canaries, such as the Border Canary or the Yorkshire. The ideal was that from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail the form should be like the rim of a circle. The more the bird conformed to a perect circle, the greater were the points awarded.

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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