Colored canaries are classified in two categories: lipochrome and melancholy. Within the melanic canaries there are several types of breeds of canaries.
They are birds that do not have dark pigments. The canaries have the skin, the bill, legs and nails flesh, the eyes can be black or red.
- Intense lipochrome: The chromaof of the pen remains uniform throughout the entire surface of the pen.
- Snowy lipochrome: The coloration of the feathers is diluted towards the edge of the feathers.
- Ivory lipochrome: This color variant is not as strong as in intense lipochrome, obtaining copies of much softer colors, such as pink and ivory yellow.
- Lipochrome mosaic: In this variety the colors concentrate intensely in some areas of the body of the bird and soft in others, obtaining speckled specimens based on a certain tone.
- Ocular lipochrome: When the melanin in the eyes of the canary is absent or diluted, lipochromes take its place. There are the following varieties of eyes according to the predominant lipochrome hue.
- Albino: White lipochrome prevails, however the eyes usually look red or pink, reflecting the coloration of the blood vessels internal to the organ.
- Lutinos: Yellow lipochrome prevailing.
- Rubino: Red lipochrome prevailing.
They are birds that have dark pigments, plumage pigments can be black, brown, green, chestnut and gray. The melancholy drawing is composed of markings, bars, dorsal or flank stretch marks and whiskers.