The Canary Colour Breeder Association, Show Standards & Rules (2nd revision April 2011)

Colour canaries are divided into two sections:

The Lipochrome Section, which in turn has three sub sections, Clear Ticked or Variegated and can be produced in three Lipochrome colours, Red, Yellow and White. Each of these can be combined with the Ivory Factor, producing Red Ivory, Yellow Ivory and White Ivory. Within the White ground is the Recessive White, which cannot visually combined with any other colour.


The Melanin Section includes all birds which show a full pattern of Melanin's in whatever form, irrespective of there Lipochrome colour and will have a dark pigmented under flue. The Melanin forms are devided into:


1     Eumelanin varying from black to brown and is always situated down the middle of the feather.                                  


2     Phaeomelanin varying from dark brown to pale beige and is always situated around the edge of the feather.


Both these melanin's can be present together or separately in the normal or diluted form. The melanin is sub divided into Classics and Non Classics.

The Classics are:

1.     Black series

2.     Brown series

3.     Agate series

4.     Isabel series


The Non-Classics are:

1.   Pastel series

2.   Opal Series

3.   Phaeo series

4.   Satinette series

5.   Topaz series

6.   Eumo series

7.   Onyx series

8.   Cobalt series

9.   Jaspe


All the Melanin Canaries are combined with one or the other of the ground colours, and all the Non -Classic  series are combined with one or the other of the classic series, and are named accordingly. It is advisable that the non-classics should not be crossed, as the show standards do not cater for them, i.e. Opal combined with Phaeo, Pastel combined with Phaeo, Opal combined Pastel Etc.



The colour canary is judged in all aspects, and in comparison with the individual standard, and due attention must be given to the relative value of the standards as reflected by the points allocation. This will produce the ideal representative of the particular type.


Lipochrome Varieties (including ticked and variegated)


Lipochrome colouring                            50

Degree of frosting                                 10

Type                                                      30  (sub-divided on page 7 & 8 in rule book)

Feather quality and condition               10


Melanin Varieties

Lipochrome colouring                            25

Melanistic pigment                                25

Degree of frosting                                10

Type                                                     30 (sub-divided on page 7 & 8 in rule book)

Feather quality and condition              10


Individual Standards:

The exhibit will conform to the pictorial model of shape, roundness and proportion. The length of a coloured canary is not of importance but the exhibit must achieve a good balanced appearance. A length of 5 1/2" (140mm) is considered to be a desirable aim.


A total of 20 points may be deducted by a judge from an exhibit staged in a dirty or non-standard cage. Birds exhibited in Lizard style cages will be disqualified, except in sales classes.


Exhibition birds are only permitted to carry a maximum of one split or closed ring (of correct size) per leg. Any exhibit that deviates from this rule will be disqualified.


All birds regardless of ground colour must comply with the specific standard relating to the Lipochrome colour, degree of frosting, type, feather quality and condition, as well as the specific rules for all Melanin varieties. No externally applied colouring agents or substances can be applied to the plumage or horny areas of the exhibit.



Standard Show Cage:


1              Only the new design of show cage will be accepted on the show bench.      

                However, the old design (Lizard type) will be acceptable for the sales    


2              Colours to be:

                Exterior and cage front:- Black Gloss  .

                Interior:- Dulux Summer Blue Gloss (Dulux Colour dimension mixer

                                system Ref: 1619-B 16-G. Undercoat to be Dulux Silver Grey.

3              Cage fronts to be secured bythe extension of the fourth wire from each

                end. (see cage drawing)

4              Floor covering should be a mixed seed, i.e. that which is usually fed in

                the bird room or an impressed paper as supplied by the


5              A small black "D" shape drinker is to be used or a CCBA approved tubular drinker placed between the 3rd and 4th bars from the cage door.

6              The cage label to be placed on the left front panel.


Exhibition birds are only permitted to carry a maximum of one split or closed ring per leg. (this rule has been implemented as it is felt that two rings on one leg can be a hazard to the Health and Safety of the bird). Disqualification will apply.


A bird with either a claw or toe missing will be  disqualified.


A bird with one eye, or a bird that is obviously blind will be disqualified.


Novice Rule:

A Novice member of the CCBA is an Exhibitor with 5 or less consecutive or broken years membership of the CCBA, not being of Champion status with any other canary society, and who has not exhibited in Champion classes at any open show. Members of one family residing in the same house shall show under the higher status, where another member of the family is of Champion status.


Junior Rule:

A Junior shall be 8-16 years and shall be allowed to exhibit any kind of Colour Canary wheter any other members of the household exhibits that kind of canary or not. On attaining 16 years, they can show as a Novice the following season. In the event of no juvenile classes they can show in Novice classes without affecting there status.


NB: Judges have the right to refuse to adjudicated on birds that he/she had bred and sold in the same season