Canary Bird Information
A beautiful and independent friend
The Canary bird is set aside from other pet birds because of their beautiful singing ability.
Canaries are known for their beauty and their song and have been kept as pets since the 1400s. They are not companion birds and are better admired from afar, but this doesn’t make them any less of a great pet. They do spend a lot of time in their cages, so you need an adaquately sized cage with perches on either end to provide them with maximum flying space.
If you want a Canary that sings, you will need to find a male. If this is very important to you, you should arrange ahead of time with the breeder to be able to return the bird if it proves to not be a singer. Keep in mind that males sing to attract females, so they should not be kept in pairs. They also don’t sing in the summer because it is molting season. We have also heard to not put mirrors in their cages because Canaries are very territorial and they may see this “second bird” as a threat.
The most commonly kept Canary birds are the American Singer, the Border Fancy, and the Red Factor. The American Singer is a song Canary (well known for singing), the Border Fancy is a type Canary (a popular type), and the Red Factor is a color Canary (well known for color–the more red, the more valuable).
|Name||Canary (Serinus canaria)|
|Size||4-8 in., 12-28 grams|
|Color Differences||Canaries are commonly yellow, but they can also be red-orange, white, pink, and many shades of brown.|
|Lifespan||Up to 20 years|
|Noise||Quiet–they are able to live in an apartment with you.|
|Qualities||Beautiful, independent, not people birds, not meant to be handled, can be territorial, males sing to attract females, love to fly (maximum flight space in cage is necessary),|
|Abilities||Low–they don’t talk, learn tricks, or cuddle. However, many have a beautiful song.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Low–they do well on their own and don’t usually interact with people.|
|Diet||They need a diet for x-small pet birds.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for x-small pet birds.|
|“Song by Canary”|
Video by tossy002This is a great video that truly shows the range of the Canary’s song.
Video by anonymousartistThis is another video of a Canary singing that shows they don’t all sound alike and that pet Canaries sing indoors as much as they would outdoors.
- The Essential Canary Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Canary
- Find The Best Canary Cage
- Toys Your Canary Will Love
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