The Stafford is a new breed of canary; which originated in Stafford, England.
Their first appearance on the British National Exhibition bench was in 1987. The Canary Council of Great Britain accepted the Stafford as a new breed of canary in 1990.
Here in America, the National Cage Bird show added a Stafford section in the Type division for the 1992 National show. Originally only the crested birds were exhibited, now both crested and non-crested are shown.
Staffords are a Type canary in red and rose ground colors, including melaninistic coloring in the selfs. They are a color bred canary, but not every colored bird with a crest is a Stafford. They are a cross between the Gloster and Red Factor types.
Red ground color should be a bright fiery red evenly distributed throughout the plumage.
Rose ground color should be a rich, bright pink which is evenly distributed throughout the plumage. Rose ground color should be a rich, bright pink which is evenly distributed.
Staffords are five inches long and bred to an accepted type standard.
They can be Clear, Variegated or Self.
There are three feather types: Non-frosted, Frosted, and Mosaic (dimorphic).
Crested birds are bred to non-crested.
Non-crested Variegated Mosaic, male
Crested Non-Frosted Clear
Crested Frosted Heavy Varigated
Crested Varigated Mosaic, male
Crested clear Mosaic, hen
Non-Crested Frosted Varigated
Crested Heavy Varigated Frosted
Non-crested Varigated Mosaic, hen
by Jan Davie, St. Charles, Illinois