International Gloster Breeders Association

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National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster Breeders Association

Affiliated to

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

International Gloster
Breeders Association

Gloster Colour Debate – Cage & Aviary

Gloster Colour Debate – Cage & Aviary

Cage & Aviary Letters – THE ‘NEW COLOUR’ GLOSTER CANARIES

I REFER to the Club News report in Cage & Aviary Birds, January 17, headed “New colour Gloster classes a first for club”.
Please let me clarify by saying that there are no recent colours changes within the Gloster breed standard classification! This was established long ago on the formation of the Gloster fancy canary.

Selective breeding among the canary breeds some 100 years ago derived the Gloster canary. Pure-bred stock from that time had not produced any of the suggested colour mutations which are still apparent in the same varieties of canary used to date.

Isobel, agate, satinette and phaeo are “mutations” derived from the cross breeding between a finch with a canary, resulting in the offspring being “split” or “carriers” for these colour mutations.

On recollection, I first saw the dilute mutation in the early 1980s from – as they were then called – a “new colour canary” crossed with a Gloster canary, bred in Europe. The offspring was described as new colour cinnamon.

No matter how close to visual type this breed has advanced, any offspring genetically cannot ever be classed as a pure-bred Gloster. As such, to my mind it’s illicit to deem them Glosters.

All specialist breed societies, whether we are talking about dogs, cats, horses, or whatever, safeguard type and purity of blood. This they promote and encourage for the betterment of the breed. In my view this priority is paramount without exception

Can purveyors of these birds in good conscience say: “My stud is pure-bred stock?” Those who are openly promoting this type of bird, who are a member or officer of a specialist society, read the constitution of that society, and ask yourself: “Am I fulfilling this constitution?”

Steven Chennells,
Harlow, Essex.

Published with the permission of Cage & Aviary Birds Issue  6301 January 31 2024 – Kelsey Publishing  www.cageandaviarybirds.co.uk

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