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Introduction to Canaries: A Bird like No Other

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The Canary is a bird native to the Canary Islands! All varieties are descendants of a wild breed known as the Canary Serin, which had green tones. Varieties are classified based on three specific traits: color, posture, or song. They are naturally distinguished by their color (yellow, red, brown…), their posture or shape (curly plumage, crested…), or their song (melodies). The size of a canary ranges from 4.33 inches to 7.87 inches, and their weight varies between 5.12 inches and 7.09 inches, depending on the variety. They have a lifespan of 6 to 10 years, although some canaries have been known to live up to 20 years!

The Canary

Choosing a Cage

For a single canary, a cage measuring 15.75×7.87×11.81 inches is recommended. If you want to accommodate a pair of canaries, a larger cage should be provided to allow them enough space to move around and feel comfortable. Alternatively, you can mix them with other birds in an aviary. Canaries enjoy perching, so the cage should contain perches, fabric toys, and a wooden swing. Place the cage in a location away from direct sunlight and drafts.

Diet

Canaries are not picky eaters! They simply require a mixture of seeds (millet, canary seed, flaxseed, oats, groats, hemp…) that can be readily found as a prepared mix in pet stores. Supplement their diet with fresh vegetables or fruits (such as apples, carrots, dandelion greens…). You can also provide them with canary-specific soft food, but be cautious not to overfeed as it can unbalance their system due to its high fat content. Avoid putting too much food in the feeder as canaries are not very delicate eaters and may not pick up fallen seeds. It is better to offer smaller portions more frequently.

You can find a selection of sunflower seeds for birds on our website, providing your canary with a healthy and ideal diet.

Reproduction

A canary can start reproducing at around 9 to 11 months of age. The female can lay approximately 4 eggs per clutch. It takes about 14 days for the eggs to hatch, and another 14 days for the fledglings to begin flying.

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