Friday, January 20, 2006

What the 'eck!

I rarely find any bird truly ugly, but I do place many of the forms that bird 'fanciers' produce in this camp. And here is a classic example? What is going on here?

The origins of this odd-looking creature is the Canary, but with tinkering breeders produce many varients, usually crossing Canaries with closely related finches (e.g. Goldfinch). This type of bird I believe is called a 'roller'. I know not why?

Like in pigeon breeding, many birds end up sporting odd 'tufts' and very often patches of white about the plumage, and this bird shows white in the wing, a white rump, vent and tail sides.

Aren't birds beautiful enough without having to make little Frankenstein types out of them?

Image | Panasonic Lumix FZ-30 | © Steve Dudley

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