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Post by BMustee on Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:54 pm

The Canary is a domesticated form of the Wild Canary, (Serinus canaria) a small songbird in the finch family originating from Madeira and the Canary Islands. There are three different varieties of domestic Canaries; Colorbred Canaries, Type Canaries, and Song Canaries. Obviously the Colorbreeds are bred for their colors, the Types are bred for shape, and the Songs are bred for the song patterns. If cared for properly they can live to be 10 - 12 years.

Type Canary

Colorbred Canary

Song Canary

Food - Canaries should be fed ether a pellet diet or a vitamin enriched seed diet. When buying a seed mix, do not buy a finch or budgie mix but one made specifically to Canaries. One bird will only need about 1/2 tablespoon per day give or take. Unlike larger birds canaries will only pick at the seed on top and when covered in old hulls they will not sift them out of the way, so feeding large amounts at a time should not be done. Egg food, insects (like mealworms cut in half), and bits or fruit and veggies should also be offered on a regular basis.

Housing - Get the largest cage possible, that allows for room for flight (a pet canary should never have his or her wings clipped and should be able to fly in the cage for exercise). Cages that are often marketed for finches and canaries are much to small, personally the smallest cage I would keep a canary in would be around 2 feet long to allow for actual flight and not just jumps form perch from perch. A few toys and a swing will keep your canary entertained, toys with bells or mirrors seem to be a favorite.

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