The Canary

Scienfic Name:- Serinus canaria domestica

Canaries originate from The Canary Islands.   The males are noted for their birdsong unlike the females that just cheep.   Due to selective breeding,   they now come in a range of colours as well as the familiar yellow.

Habitat :- They require a cage that is big enough to allow them to fly around freely.   They are better kept with a companion unless they can have frequent attention from their owners.   The perches should be as natural as possible.   Apple and Pear twigs and branches are suitable provided they have been well cleaned.   If wooden dowel is used there should be a variety of diameters and inclinations to exercise and keep their feet healthy.

Food pots and water dishes should not be placed beneath perches or they will become soiled.   The floor should be covered with paper or sandpaper and cleaned daily.   A removable tray makes this easier.

Diet :- They are primarily seed eaters and a variety of seed should be given.   If using a commercial mix make sure it is in a sealed bag with an expiry date to ensure it is not contaminated by fungal spores.   Water should be available at all times and some greenstuff can be offered such as chickweed and cress.   Avoid honey sticks as these can lead to obesity.   Millet sprays are also welcomed in moderation.   Pelleted food is available for canaries and offers the best solution to picky eaters who may not otherwise get a balanced diet.

Life expectancy :- 10-15 years.

They are well known for being sensitive to airborne pollutants (hence their historical use in coal mines to detect poisonous gases) and as such should be kept well away from cooking areas and should not be exposed to cigarette smoke or household sprays.

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