Canaries

  • Gloster fancy changes to benefit everybody

    Gloster fancy changes to benefit everybody

    6th March 2019

    Above: Lauren Wight (centre), winner of the best junior Scots prize, with Donald Skinner-Reid (left) and judge Ian Wright (right) at the NGFCC 2017 show. Photo: Norman Wallace   How to move the fancy forward? Share our ideas for a…

  • Why form a partnership?

    Why form a partnership?

    20th February 2019

    Above: Steve Dominey (left) and Bob Pepper. Even several years out of the fancy for Bob didn’t break up the Yorkie Supreme partnership, reveals Steve   If two of you instinctively think about canaries in the same way, pooling your…

  • The year of the flying Scots

    The year of the flying Scots

    8th November 2018

    Photo: Also bred in Scotland… Donald with his best Giboso at Stafford, an unflighted cock   What a positive season it has been for breeders of old and rare variety canaries – none more so than the Scots fancy, which…

  • A Scottish all-rounder

    A Scottish all-rounder

    24th October 2018

    Photo: Sandy in his impressive birdroom   Scots fancies, Lizards, north Dutch: those breeds are keeping Sandy Innes occupied now, but his career in the fancy has embraced much more. Words and photos: Donald Skinner-Reid   SANDY Innes of Grangemouth…

  • Words of wisdom

    Words of wisdom

    1st June 2018

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Scots fancy colour plates from Donald’s book, sold to him by Norwich breeder Gerry Parker   More than 100 years after it was first published, John Robson’s Canaries, Hybrids and British Birds in Cage and Aviary is still…

  • Canaries: time for a new mix

    Canaries: time for a new mix

    27th November 2017

    Above: One kind of pleasure: Colin is the first to salute the fulfilling nature of show success Over the years, COLIN MOORE has exhibited his birds, specialised in a particular breed and bred many different varieties. Now, after reflection, he has…

  • Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    Canaries: Preparing for a dramatic debut

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. Donald’s 2017-bred clear yellow Scots. DONALD SKINNER-REID looks ahead to an exciting season which will see him make his bow in the champion classes. 2017 is my sixth breeding season and it is the one that has…

  • Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    Scots fancy canaries: A global variety

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Tullio de Biase. The bird is an outstanding example of the beautiful half-moon posture and a much-admired specimen   In NORMAN WALLACE’s third article about the Scots fancy canary, he assesses the breed’s status in the UK and Europe. THE Scots fancy…

  • Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    Roller canaries: A long-forgotten lunacy

    27th November 2017

    Above: Despite centuries of domestication and intensive breeding in distinct varieties, the canary was regarded as ‘all one’ by the authorities in the 1990s, who mooted the introduction of a licence for every pet and exhibition canary in the land Nearly…

  • Canaries: Meet the yellows

    Canaries: Meet the yellows

    27th November 2017

    Photo: Donald Skinner-Reid. 2017 yellow feathered piebald, a great grandson of a little yellow hen DONALD SKINNER-REID introduces his yellow family of Scots fancies, clarifies the difference between yellow and buff, and describes the yellow’s welcome renaissance in that breed.…

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