International Gloster Breeders Association

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International Gloster Breeders Association

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International-Ornithological-Association
National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster
Breeders Association

Gloster thoughts from Malta

Gloster thoughts from Malta

As a regular visitor to the IGBA show and others across Europe, I just wanted to put some of my observations together for consideration.  

My main area of concern is over the differences I see regards the size of our wonderful Gloster Canary.  

In general I feel i see bigger birds on the show bench although I need to add that I still believe the majority of birds are of good quality. Obviously you will see variations in size everywhere with the Glosters.

I know this is a generalisation but my concern is twofold:  the first being the increase in size alone and secondly the other affects this move towards a bigger bird has on type.  

It’s not just a matter of a bigger version of the ideal standard but what we are beginning to see are longer birds, longer necks, long wings and tails and the effect this has on type, lacking roundness for instance.  

Alternatively we are seeing small heads with tiny crests on big bodies where the balance has been lost completely.  Often these individuals will show an over pronounced chest which simply emphasises the small head and lack of balance.  Another side affect of the increase in size I feel is a reduction in feather quality and thus faded ground colour and I’m certain I’ve seen the odd exhibit on the continent which has had some form of colour feeding to counteract this. 

Often, in discussion, fellow fanciers will argue that this is simply the evolution of the Gloster but I believe this move to bigger birds is a regression in history of our beloved Gloster Canary.  

So my simple question to end is “are we breeding Glosters that meet the standard criteria?”  Obviously individual tastes vary but we have a standard to aim at and it is for the majority of the fancy and judges in particular to ensure that those standards are maintained and we don’t allow the model to drift simply because we see more of these bigger birds coming to the show bench. 

Throughout the history of the Gloster I would say it has always been more difficult to breed a good small one rather than a good big one but that’s the whole point of the challenge.  

We can’t allow the situation where the pursuit of a fuller crest with more droop inevitably leads to a bigger bird and then this is just accepted as inevitable.

So to all my fellow fanciers striving to breed a typical exhibition Gloster I say “Continue to stick to your principals and hopefully judges will do the same” but if not, there is a simple solution and that is to phase out those judges who pick bigger birds by simply not engaging them to officiate at our larger shows.

The IGBA should organise breed standard educational meetings and also create a technical committee to vet judges when deemed necessary. 

In the UK alone there are experienced ex breeders/judges with tons of knowledge who can form a technical committee.

Mario Farrugia  (F921) – Naxxar, Malta – January 2023

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