Brief History of American Singers in the West
by Ginger Wolnik

First published in the Pacific American Singer newsletter, volume 1, number 1, January 1994.

(The following information is based on conversations and iscertainly not definitive. Please send corrections or additions to thesecretary/newsletter editor.)

There have probably been canaries that were called American Singerson the West Coast as long as there have been American Singers. Somepeople brought their pet birds with them when they moved here. Othershave mail-ordered birds from Eastern and Midwest breeders. Manycanary fanciers have started their own new strain by crossing Rollerswith Borders. Regardless of the source, the song of their offspringhas diverged from the song that has continued to evolve back East.This undoubtedly happens even when the birds are bred randomly. But,the common tendency is to select for appearance, so the song of moststrains has probably changed even more.

In 1988, the National Cage Bird Show was held in San Diego. Therewas an American Singer section which provided many people with theirfirst opportunity to hear what these birds are supposed to sound like.Some of the exhibitors brought birds to sell and established canaryfanciers starting taking the breed seriously.

In 1991, Don Stapleton provided a demonstration of American Singersat the All American Canary Fanciers show in Lawndale, California.This was expanded in 1992 to an unsanctioned show. There was nojudge, but four exhibitors participated.

In 1993, an unsanctioned show was hosted by the Santa Clara ValleyCanary and Exotic Bird Club. Roller breeder Larry Waugh volunteeredto judge the show by American Singer methods. The success of thatshow has led to the formation of this chapter.

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