This is what most people think of when they hear the word 'canary'. Actually, this mutation of the canary's feather colour does not look much like the original wild canary, which has brown and black melanins overlaying the yellow ground colour - that is, lipochrome - of the feathers.

      This particular colour mutation helped make the canary popular enough that the term 'Canary Yellow' has been related to this colour (and that of all canaries, in many people's minds) ever since its occurance, relatively early in the Canary's association with Humankind.

      You will often hear a canary showing this colour called a yellow, or a hard-feathered yellow canary, although the correct name nowadays is intensive yellow lipochrome, as the page title says. You will sometimes hear the softer-feathered, or non-intensive, version of this colour, more correctly known as non-intensive lipochrome yellow, being referred to as a soft-feathered yellow, or maybe as a Buff bird.



Intensive Lipochrome Yellow

Intensive Lipochrome Yellow

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