Colours & Variations
Plan Your Breeding
good colour in Fifes is mentioned I immediately think of the clear yellow
Border cocks my grandfather kept. I recall them as being almost orange on
the head and throat when they had finished their moult. The correct
definition for such birds is Buttercup Yellow.
colour is an essential part of a quality exhibition Fife but is often
neglected by judges. Since it is part of the standard of excellence, why
neglect it? Clearly the shape is more important but sound colour is
essential and most be exhibited in our Fifes, particularly the Cock birds.
main point to remember is that colour is bred in to a bird and cannot be
added to any significant degree."
Self Green Yellow Cock
The ideal colour is a rich grass green, with
as little bronziness as possible. Clear, distinct markings on the
flanks and back, with the legs and beak matching these markings.
This bird would be a cinnamon carrier if its father was a cinnamon
and its mother a normal green.
Self Cinnamon Yellow Cock
The cinnamon Fife is a beautiful bird. It is a
green minus the black pigment, once referred to as a 'burnished
copper' colour. As the cinnamon is produced from parents carrying
the recessive genetic colouring, it is the only colour that can be
accurately predicted whilst constructing a breeding programme.
The breeding of good cinnamons requires basic
genetic knowledge, which I deal with in depth in the book and
Variegated White Ground Cock
What is a white?
All birds have a basic ground colour, irrespective of the other
colours and markings they have. Whites are not albinos, (this is
where a total lack of melanin produces a pure white bird with no
pigmentation), instead the normal yellow base colour is genetically suppressed,
producing a white bird.
Whites are not sexed linked. A white cock or white hen would produce
offspring of 50% normal and 50% white of either sex.
watch The Fife Canary Video 2
or read chapter Eleven of The Fife Canary book
to gain more information on breeding and genetics.
Drawings by Andy
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