The Canary Council began its life as an off-shoot of the National
Council for Aviculture. At a preliminary meeting held on
were first introduced into
the middle of the 18th century, in common with the measures then being undertaken to
improve farming stock following the enclosures of land, canary breeders in
are records of specialist societies that were breeding and exhibiting these varieties in
some domesticated stock, the canary lifestyle has always followed the pattern of their
wild counterparts, in that a cock and a hen pair up, build a nest, lay eggs and incubate
them, and rear young upon hatching. This is done without any assistance from the fancier,
apart from the original selection of the pairing and the supply of suitable nesting
material, food and water. than
preparation for exhibition often involves no more than ensuring that the birds are
in perfect condition and plumage and are at ease in their show cage. A period of show cage
training should precede exhibitions. The great majority of exhibitions are held in the
Autumn/Winter following the moult.
To encourage the keeping, breeding, exhibition and study of all recognised
breeds of the domestic canary throughout
(ii) To affiliate to and uphold the rules and objectives of the National Council for Aviculture (NCA).
(iii) To make representations, either directly or through the NCA to statutory bodies, national organisations and government departments and others on matters appertaining to the canary fancy.
(iv) To send representatives to the meetings of, and otherwise participate in, the activities of the NCA.
(v) To encourage the governing bodies of each variety of domestic canary to become members of the Canary Council.
(vi) To organise shows, events, campaigns, promotions or other such activities in the interests of the canary fancy.
(vii) To do anything else the Canary Council considers appropriate and reasonable to achieve its objectives.
Membership is open to the national governing body of each recognised breed of domestic canary. The affairs of the Canary Council are managed by meetings of delegates from Member Societies.
Delegates from the eleven
canary sections meet twice a year to discuss matters appertaining to the canary fancy and
aviculture as a whole. Issues under current debate include the Animal Welfare Act , Avian
Flu, compulsory closed ringing and the return of a National Exhibition of Cage and Aviary
conjunction with the National Council for Aviculture, the Canary Council has produce a
booklet on the care requirements of canaries as household pets or exhibition birds.
Canary Basics covers housing, feeding, breeding and the moult. Copies are
available from the Secretary, Chris Smith,