Canary Crested Male
Crested Canary is a "type canary" that is bred for physical characteristics, particularly its crest, rather than color or song. It is one of canary varieties that have a tuft of feathers around the top of its heads. Other crested varieties include the gloster canary, lancashire canary, stafford canary and norwich canary.
The crested canary experienced strong fluctuation in its popularity. In th 1800s, this canary was described as the "King of the Fancy" and was a priced (and expensive) possession that could only be afforded by the wealthy. In its heyday, the aim of all breeders was to produce either clear-bodied yellow canaries with dark crests, or evenly wing-marked birds with dark crests. In their quest to reach this goal, breeders were willing to pay steep prices for their breeding stock, which was one of the reasons why the prices of the crested canary sky-rocketed. It was priced out of the reach of general population and their numbers decreased.
Today, the crested canary comes in a multitude of colors and is readily available and appreciated for both its fun looks and great personality. In fact, its popularity is at an all-time high.
Size / Weight: 4.5" (11.5 cm) in length
Lifespan: 10 years
Weight: 1 oz