Origin: Great Britain (Norfolk County).
It owes its name to the city of Norwich in the English county of Norfolk. It is a fairly recent breed. It is said that it was imported into England by Flemish weavers in the 16th century. His first official appearance on display took place in the year 1887 in the city of Ipswich. The classification of the breeds of shape and position in the group was carried out only in 1890, since previously it was considered a color canary. Its definitive standard dates back to the late nineteenth century.
massive and stocky with wide and rounded chest and shoulders. The curve of the chest must start from the under-beak and end at the junction of the tail by drawing a semicircle with a constant curvature also in width tending to run out towards the tail. The back will be slightly rounded. The very large back-chest distance gives the subject the effect of a sphere. Seen from above the distance between the shoulders must be as similar as possible to that existing between the neck and the root of the tail. Approximate size of 16 cm. With the same merits, the slightly larger subject is preferable.
Very large and completely round giving the impression of a sphere well planted on the body, full cheeks, central eye and possibly uncovered, the eyebrow is tolerated if brought backwards, short beak, squat and conical in line with the eye.
As short and full as possible, no indentation between head and body should be visible.
Short, without showing attachments, they must adhere without compressing the plumage so as to accommodate the roundness of the body, long up to and not beyond the junction of the tail, without ever crossing or hanging.
Short, abundant, but tightly closed, adhering to the body, it gives it a clean contour, particularly on the hips avoiding puffs, it must not loosen between the legs, nor absolutely present cock feathers.
Brilliant and silky, as uniform as possible in intensity or frost, in every part of the body. If the subject is artificially colored, the color distribution must appear uniform without patches of greater or lesser intensity.
Hygiene, cleanliness, health to the maximum degree.
Calm but proud, body always well detached from the perch without being too erect.
Short, narrow, well closed and full, not raised, nor falling.
proportionate to the subject, elegant with short and thin fingers, not too long (they give the subject a too slender position) or too short (they give a sagging and fatigued aspect).