The Canary bird, a little tweet as old as time

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Even when this bird is named after his Island of origin, the Canary island was named like this thanks to the people that lived in here that praised dogs a lot, based on the Latin name “Canis”. The wild Canary or the original had a simple green color and still got the attention of the people that after it became domesticated they got more interested in this little yellow or red bird.

In the 1500s the Europeans began breeding this finch bird after they fell in love with its green wild part and its singing skills, getting so many variables and mixes that the Canary species seems to have lost all the connection it had with his ancestors by not having much resemblance nowadays. The domestic Canary bird has over hundreds of years that’s being around as a common pet bird not only for people without experience but also with bird enthusiast, after all, its thanks to them there are more than 200 Canary breeds which were crossed to obtain an improvement in one aspect of these birds such as color, singing, and appearance, to the surprise of most, the male Canary sings better than the female Canaries and mostly the male bird can also sing if bred to search another characteristic. Not only people used the Canary to base on the making of Tweety Bird, but some bird lovers also call it “the forgotten bird” since after centuries of being favorite among people, Parrots took their place as the most sought-after domestic bird and this may be because, in addition to being more attached to their owners, a small one like the Parakeet are hands-on birds while the domesticated Canary is more of a hand-off type. 


Their size makes them easy to handle but they are a very delicate creature, since its not a hands-on bird they would naturally spend most of the time on his cage or perch. But don’t let their small size deceive you, as much as it could make a perfect pet for the family, it is best if you could avoid any young family member to handle your new Canary pet. Being a small bird means it can fit on a kid’s hand easily but they won’t know how to properly handle it and they are very fragile and when not trained, they can easily get scared and panic hurting anyone around him. So its best if you try to avoid this type of trauma for your Canary and the young members of your family. 

Being an independent bird, the Canary doesn’t need so much attention as many other bird breeds, you can leave them be on their cage and it won’t be a problem for anyone, also you can interact with it by teaching it to sing, in addition to this, they don’t require an avian companion, all they need is space to fly, play, and exercise. Just make sure it has enough toys to play with as long as they don’t become a nuisance for your bird if it prevents it to fly around freely. Furthermore, if you plan on getting more than one then consider having more space for a cage for each Canary you get since they are a bird with territorial behavior, and mixing it with another one of the same genders will become a disaster and you won’t be doing any favor to anyone. Male and female won’t be an issue if you put them together but you’ll have to help o provide propper light/dark time stamps as they need this for when the breeding season comes and resting that they would manage to do in the wild. Artificial light might be the best choice here and it is best if you could cover the cage to avoid interrupting this important cycle that should be kept as natural as possible. Remember to do your best so your Canary can feel as comfortable and happy during his time with you. Their lifespan is about ten years, a little short compared to other birds but they can very well fill your expertise.

Some are bred to become a singing canary of a specific song but they could learn enough so you might get a small concert if just one beautiful song won’t do the trick. The ones that are breed for the color usually are fed with natural pigmented food to improve their colors, red and yellow Canary bird being the most praised ones. As for those that are bred for specifically one characteristic such as some additional “hair” resembling a crest. Just like everything else, each variety has its strong points but it will all come down to what you as an owner want or spect from your flinch bird.


As I mentioned before, if you get more than 1 Canary preferably set each one on separate cages, and be sure that they have an adequate size so they won’t get bored and get enough room to make the best of their lives in your house. If you get any issues with your canary’s cage you can always sort it out with a flight cage or aviary, both names describe the same type of cage, a big one enough to provide your Canary with more than sufficient space to do as much as he likes. This is perfect if you are a busy person who cant dedicate much time to any pet then make the most of this independent bird that would serve the best introduction for a pet-owning experience. 

If this is not the case for you, with time and patience you could manage to train your Canary, besides singing, hand-taming could make you closer to your avian pet but if you don’t feel comfortable with the idea of doing it by yourself get professional help, it doesn’t mean that you’ll need someone to go to your house, just get as many tips as you can and if you set your mind into it then nothing would stop you. If you accomplish this you could use a certain part of your house as his “aviary” and you could save the time and money on a bigger cage, this is something your Canary would surely enjoy and please, don’t feel bad if you cant provide this to your new pet since by his size it won’t need that much space to be happy with you. Just be sure that nothing will scare your Canary as this could mean trouble, besides using an area that won’t be hazardous for your pet bird.

Now it comes the fun part about letting your Canary out of its bird cage. Being so small they have a fast metabolism, meaning they would move faster than you making it hard to catch if not trained as such. Getting him back to its cage might be quite an odyssey but you can avoid this by simply getting a flight cage. In case you still plan on setting him loose, then you could try some tricks to lock your Canary inside his cage. Use food at your advantage, but make sure to clean the bowl or whatever you use to feed it so the food can seem more appealing to your bird. A fast and little nervous bird might make a fool out of you while you try to lock him up inside his cage and grab as much of the treat or food you use as bait and hop back out again leaving you helpless and very annoyed. Don’t feel so bad about it though, its not your fault that you are so slow to them. You could use this at your advantage, moving very slowly might make it seem that you aren’t moving at all at the eyes of your bird, giving you the time to close the cage while he is eating. If this doesn’t work, then close it anyways and he will see that the food source has been closed and can’t reach it, wait around 10 minutes tops and then open the cage again and try repeating everything.


Having a small size doesn’t mean that you cant provide them with a proper diet. Being such an energic pet, they need to compensate this whenever they get the chance which would be frequent after playtime or by opening the Canary cage as you watch him thrive making him happier. While pelleted diet is the best choice you could also use some fresh food such as fruits as treats or to trick it so it gets back on his safe zone, they do more than fine as caged birds after all. Remember to wash every bowl frequently to keep the food as appealing as possible and it is very important to always maintain fresh water.

So, you want a pet canary? It’s easy to keep since its a solitary and an independent pet that won’t start pulling out any feather if left alone nor will it become a drama queen even if you keep it as a caged Canary. It would only take as much as a few minutes of each day to take care of it, as long as it has sufficient space and equipment such as toys and perches. Canary birds surely are different from any other birds breed and species that require a small cage that goes with his size if you can get an aviary of course. Anyway, when you purchase one of these marvelous birds, you could ask for tips and advice from the breeder or you could also contact an avian veterinarian with anything that might show up or any health issue occurs. If you plan on breeding Canaries just remember to keep everyone on different cages.

So there you have it, even for a small pet like this, falling in love with any Canary song that you’ll make you want a whole group to create your band mixing it with colors and more. Even when the origin of this green wild bird might get forgotten, you will never regret owning one of the smallest but greatest breeds.

If you think I’ve missed anything please let me know in the comment section below and I hope you’ll find this little guide helpful.

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