The Lizard Canary Association of Great Britain is dedicated to the promotion and conservation of the oldest breed of canary: the Lizard canary.

classic Lizard canaries
Clear cap gold hen (natural) . . . . . Broken cap silver cock (natural) . . . . . . Broken cap silver hen (colour-fed) . . . Non cap gold cock (colour-fed).


The Lizard canary is a living antique, with a history that spans over three centuries.  It is a creation of the Georgian period, and is bred for the pattern of its plumage: a design comprising intricate dark markings set against a rich gold or silver background.

The Lizard canary is so named because the pattern of its plumage has been likened to the scales of an exotic lizard, and its unique characteristics have survived unchanged up to the present day.

Thanks to the L.C.A. and the dedicated fanciers who maintain pure-bred strains of the breed, the Lizard canary has emerged from the verge of extinction at the end of the Second World War to become a well established, if still rare, breed with a golden future.

October 2020

LCA Classic 2020 – CANCELLED

We have been working towards holding the 2020 LCA Classic on the 1st November. We were hoping that by the first week of October the number of infections would be falling and the rules on gatherings would be relaxed, which would have allowed us to proceed with the show. However, this has not been the case and it is now clear that we are experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 infections. This means it would be rather foolhardy to continue with our plans.

It is, therefore, with great regret that I have to say that the 2020 LCA Classic has been cancelled.

September 2020

The Hitch-hikers guide to the Lizard canary

What makes the Lizard canary unique? A series by Huw Evans over the coming months. As the articles are published by C&AB they will be made available here.

Click here to see the episodes that have been published.

World Show in January 2021 CANCELLED??

The World Show scheduled to be held in Valencia Spain looks to have become the latest casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The letter, from COM Spain, announcing that the show could no longer be held in Valencia due to the pandemic is attached (in French). The final decision as to whether the show will be cancelled rests with the COM governing body.  Click here to see the announcement

August 2020

Latest information – LCA Classic 2020

We will be holding the LCA Classic 2020 on the 1st November at the Roade Village Hall as planned.

This of course is subject to us meeting all of the requirements placed on us by the Government and the venue. Under the rules, as they currently stand, the venue has a maximum limit on the number of people that can enter the hall (which doesn’t pose an issue for us) and we will be expected to adhere to the two metre social distancing rule. Prior to the event we will carry out a risk assessment and adjust our procedures to ensure the show is able to proceed legally and safely.

Full information will be in the show schedule which will be issued to all members in early October and published on the website.

Any change in circumstances will be published on the website.

June 2020

The LCA Council Meeting – May 2020.

Due to the restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic the face to face Council meeting wasn’t held as usual. Instead the ‘meeting’ was conducted by emails and a number of telephone conversations. The key outcomes for members can be read on the LCA News page – click here to view the key outcomes.

Details can also be viewed in the report published in the Cage & Aviary Birds on the 15th July 2020 – Club roundup. To read the article in Cage and Aviary Birds – click here

The National at Stafford – 4th October 2020 – CANCELLED

We have received formal confirmation from Mr Les Rance of the Parrot Society that the National at Stafford has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

March 2020

Important update on rings

With the recent ‘lock down’ announced by the Government our ring supplier has been instructed to close its operations until further notice. This means any new orders for coded rings will not be able to be fulfilled at present. It also means that we will not be able to fulfill any orders for plastic split rings.

We do hold a small stock of LCA rings (not coded). Please contact Chris Jordan via phone or email (contact details are on LCA officials page) to see what stock is available.

March 2020

The April 2020 Newsletter has been issued to all members. If you haven’t received your copy please contact Ian Adcock at

February 2020

Bottoms up!

Before you jump to conclusions, this article has nothing to do with drinking toasts, yet, when used in connection with the Lizard canary, it involves an action that is very similar. It means to take a bird in your hand and turn it upside-down so that the belly is uppermost. Some canary breeders do it to sex a bird, although that shouldn’t be necessary with the Lizard which is sexually dimorphic. There is however one very good reason why all Lizard breeders should. Click here to read the full article posted by Huw Evans on his blog Fine Spangled Sort on the 16th February 2020

15th January 2020

Updated LCA Handbook issued

The LCA Handbook has been updated and issued to all current members. If you haven’t received your updated handbook by 22nd January please advised the Secretary via email. The email address can be found on the LCA officers – LCA Council page.

11th December 2019

Years of service applauded.

Three former Council members of the Lizard Canary Association (LCA) have been recognised for their decades of loyal support. Last month, long-service awards were presented to…click here for the full article

December 2019

Ring orders for 2020 are now being taken. Please click on the link for more information

3rd November 2019

Alex Maclean wins the Classic with a broken cap gold hen

After the loss of the Classic last year it was pleasing to see the 2019 show go ahead and be well supported…for the full report click here
To read the article in Cage and Aviary Birds…click here