Lizard Canary
Lizard Canary
Lizard Canary

Lizard Canary

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The Canary (Serinus canaria) is a small bird in the finch family. This bird is native to the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Madeira. Its habitat is semi-open areas such as orchards and copses, where it nests in bushes or trees, from sea level up to 1,500 m altitude.

The Lizard Canary averages about 5.5 inches (14 cm) in length (including its tail)..

This canary is named for its beautiful markings – the black crescent-shaped spots running down its back and breast, which resemble the scales of a lizard. This visual effect is known as “spangling”. The Lizard Canaries gradually lose this lizard-like pattern with each annual molt.

4 colors of Lizard Canary:

  • Gold Lizard (ground color of yellow)
  • Silver Lizard (warm buff)
  • Blue Lizard (white foundation)
  • Red Lizard (red foundation)

Lizard canaries have a single circular pattern of feathers on top of the head some oval with clear edges and some are irregular shaped circles.

The caps are typically identified as:

  • Clear cap
  • Broken cap
  • Non-cap – The non cap lizards canaries should have a scale pattern from the beak to the spangle


The Lizard Canary is a friendly, social bird and a free breeder. As most canaries, they breed easily and readily, if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning.

Lizard canaries tend to be good breeders. The female will lay 3 to 6 eggs, one per day. It is best to allow a hen to have only two clutches a year. Breeders will normally breed a full-cap / (clear cap or no cap) Lizard Canary to a broken-cap.


A high-quality seed mix in addition to plenty of fresh food items (including greens) would be the best choice