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The Columbus Fancy Canary belongs to the type canaries and is named after the city Columbus, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Ohio. This new type canary is a result of a group canary breeders with endurance to “create” a free singing canary that was more symmetrical, better proportioned and more attractive in appearance than other type canaries. The breed is dating back only to 1920, fife years before the Gloster Fancy canary was bred in England. Chosen were then very small and slim Norwich canaries for crossing them  with the German Crested canary. As also for the Gloster Fancy canary, a woman was here in the foreground of the breeding of the Colombus Fancy canary, also known as  America’s Type Canary”.  Her name was Mrs. W. A. Finney from Columbus, Ohio.
The Columbus Fancy canary exists as a crest and plainhead bird. The factor for the crest is like other crested canaries autosomal dominant. The first standard descripation was published in 1933. This standard described the Columbus Fancy canary as a short, well proportioned bird with a short beak, rounded head, well rounded chest and thick neck. The most important feature, the crest, must be in proportion to the size, well fillin and no splits and the feathers should taper off into the back of the head. The size should not  exceed 14 until 15 cm. Over the decades, the bird's very existence was put in jeopardy. The reason was that breeders and judges overlooked the standard description that has been developed over the years, but not strict observed. That had to of follow that “America’s Type Canary”  got different appearances in the different states of America.
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America as the land of opportunity, also for canary breeding. Not only the American Singer also the Columbus Fancy Canary are the best examples of new varieties, only bred and only shown on exhibitions in America. Remarkable is the endurance of breeders to “create” new Canaries only for America and that is notable for several decades. While in Europe many creations despite prescribed procedures for recognition relative "quickly" were recognized, the recognition of the new breedings are reserved only for the American breeders. Is a pity that the World Organization has not so far recognised this breeds.

The last standard description has been

published in 1998. Here are the

important features of the Columbus

Fancy Canary:

The COLOUR is natural, bright and rich throughout. Colour-fed or bred is not accepted. The BODY is well rounded, the chest is broad and full and the back wide and full. The neck is heavy and full blending smoothly from the head to shoulders, with a slightly tubular appearance. The HEAD is a “smooth head”, large and wide in the proportion with the robust size of the bird, rounded from front to back and side to side with a rise over and a short beak. The eyes are bright with well- developed brows. The CREST is oval blending smoothly into the back of the head and neck feathers. The length is not to extend beyond the tip of the beak or obscure the eyes but well centered over the eye, also set close to the skull without splits, horns or bare spots. The PLUMAGE is neat, silky and smoothly follow the contour of the body. The WINGS are evenly set, carried close to the body. The tips of the wings are closed, touching at the base of the tail. The TAIL is short, compact, straight and carried rigidly. LEGS & FEET are neat, stocky, set well back and don’t show the thigh. The ideal SIZE is 15 cm with all parts of the body in proportion. The bird must stand at a 45 degree angle over the perch.