The best way to learn about the American Singer canary is to
visit a show. These are song trials where the birds compete
on their singing abilities. Canaries naturally sing at daybreak,
so they can be conditioned to sing for a judge by uncovering them!
American Singers are judged in groups of 5 to 9. Each group is a
mixture of birds from different exhibitors. Each bird is kept in a
standard show cage with only a show
registration number identifying it. In other words, the judge does
not know who the bird's owner is. All the birds are kept in a
holding room and their cages are covered with a light sheet while
waiting to be judged. When it is time to judge a group of birds,
they are uncovered and brought into the judging room. They have 20
minutes to sing for the judge, who will evaluate each bird's song.
Other people are allowed in the judging room to observe and listen,
but no one may enter, leave, or speak during the 20 minute evaluation
period. The judge also evaluates the condition and conformation of
each bird, but most of the points are weighted toward song quality.
After all the birds in the show have had a chance to sing, the top
scoring birds are choosen as the winners.
The American Singers Club provides rosettes to the top 5 scoring
birds at sanctioned shows. Three medal medallions are also provided
to shows with at least 100 birds entered for the top 3 birds. Two
medallions are awarded if the number of entries is between 50 and 99.
One medallion is given to the top bird if less than 50 birds are
entered. New shows are awarded all three medallions regardless of
the number of entries. A certificate is given to the owner of the
top bird. Additional awards such as plaques and ribbons may be
provided by the local host club. Click here
to see a photo from an awards ceremony.
This ASC award is awarded to the ASC exhibitor who has amassed the
highest total number of show points during the past show season. The
point system is explained in the Constitution. Clifford Williams was
the winningest American Singer breeder/exhibitor ever, who won an
unprecedented 300 plus first place wins and 16 Kellogg Trophies (Best
of Breed at the annual National Cage Bird Show). See the
Past Cliff Winners to see who has won this award.
||Freedom (one point each time bird sings in first 10 minutes, 10 maximum)
||Rendition (quality of song)
||Conformation (as compared to the Standard)
||Condition (health, vigor, cleanliness of bird and cage)
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