Canaries

Small singers for great songs

Canary birds belong to the family of the finches and inspire with their great voice. The bright spirit will be fully unfolded when there is a fellow on their side. Within our portraits we have collected the most important data about canaries.

Canary

Alternative Title

The scientific name also refers to the wild ancestor of our domestic species, the Atlantic Canary.

Scientific Title

Serinus canaria

Appearance

Selective breeding has produced many varieties, differing in colour and shape. Size: 12 to 23 cm (depending on variety), average clutch size: 4 eggs, incubation: approx. 13 days, the babies fledge at around 25 days.

Origin

The Atlantic Canary is native to the Canary Islands, being particularly common on Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Wild birds are mostly yellow-green, with brownish streaking on the back. They tend to live in flocks, and in pairs during the breeding season. The canary is known for its beautiful songs. It has been bred and kept domestically since the fifteenth century. Canaries were first brought over to Europe by Spanish sailors. Over time, breeding increasingly focused on a brighter coloured plumage and talent for singing. Although the appearance and behaviour of the modern domestic canary may differ from its wild ancestor, they still have a great many traits and needs in common.

Behavior

The canary’s popularity is not only down to its voice – this bright, lively bird is also a docile, sociable creature that enjoys companionship. For their well-being, they should not be kept alone. Canaries like plenty of light. If kept in an environment that is too dark, they sing less and lose their appetite. 

Special features

In the wild, canaries do not start incubating their eggs until the final one has been laid, meaning that all the eggs hatch at the same time and there is no disparity in chick size (ensuring that none are placed at a disadvantage). This is not the case with domestic canaries, which usually start incubating immediately. For this reason, experienced breeders tend to replace the first eggs with dummy eggs and then return the real eggs once the clutch is completed.

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