STANDARD HARLEQUIN

PORTUGUESE CANARY

Body (Shape)/ Chest/ Wings   20 points Crest/Head/Neck   15 points Size   15 points Colour   10 points Plumage   10 points Position/Movement   10 points Legs     10 points Tail     5 points General Condition          5 points Total            100 points
Standard Description of the Harlequin Portuguese Canary Body (Shape)/ Chest/ Wings Long, thin and harmonious body. Slightly and uniformly rounded chest. Straight back, in the same line of the tail. Long wings, carried closed to the body without crossing, meeting just at the root of the tail. Crest (Crested Harlequin) Three-horn shaped crest (2 angles at the back and 1 virtual at the front) coming from the top of the head and then falling symmetrically without covering the eyes and the beak. Head (Plainhead Harlequin) Long and thin head, straightening the skull towards the beak. Beak Strong and proportionate. Eyes Bright and well visible Neck Well moulded, pointing out very clearly the head and body Size 16 cm. Colour Variegated, multicoloured with presence of the red factor. Balanced presence of melanin and lipochrome. Artifical colouring is obligatory. Plumage Compact, smooth, silky, glossy and adherent to the body. Position/Movement Erect standing (55º angle) and haughty. Elevated body. Alert and jaunty, moving confidently Legs Strong, long, slightly bent and preferably variegated. Well visible thighs. Tail Long, thin, slightly bifurcated at the tips, and preferably variegated. General Condition Clean and healthy. Liveliness and good adaption to the show cage.
SHOW CAGE: Colour Canaries type show cage with 2 round perches 12 mm in diameter, 12cm apart.
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Reasons for “Non-Judging” - wounded bird - Blind (one or both eyes) bird - Bird lacking a toe or a claw - Bird with a stiff or deformed toe - In Coloured canaries: lipochrome with stain   (on feathers, beak,legs, feet or claws) - In Coloured canaries: melanin with white   feather - In Coloured canaries: Black melanin with white   claw In Coloured canaries: bird with double factor (ex.: opal +pastel) Any other situation not considered above will be studied with a responsible person of the exhibition. Furthermore the wrong size of the ring, a dirty bird or cage, as well as characters on the cage are reasons for an exclusion.
NOTE: Standards for bird exhibitions of individual bird clubs, bird associations or national bird standards often differ. For this reason Birds2u.info based the descriptions of the standard of the World Ornithological Confederation (C.O.M).