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Crested Canary still has a
specialist society of its own to cater for its needs because
it is one of the oldest, as well as one of the most famous of
English breeds. The principal feature of this variety is of
course its crest but, as with other crested breeds, there are
also plain headed individuals, known as Crest-bred, which form
an integral part of the breed as a whole and are essential to
the correct breeding procedure.
Crested Canary is a largish bird
with a profusion of feathering on head and body. It has a
massive head, a short, thick neck and a broad, deep body,
fairly low across the perch and with legs set well back. The
crest itself can never be too large and round and it consists
of broad, leafy feathers which radiate evenly all round from a
small, neat centre and droop well down over the beak and eyes.