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Canary: A Domestic Bird

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The canary as a companion has deep roots in the American psyche, perhaps due to its contribution as a noxious gas detector in the coal mines of the 1800s and early 1900s or its use as the model for the feisty yellow cartoon character, Tweety Bird. Whatever the case, the canary has been a favorite among bird keepers for hundreds of years, and has been bred into more than 200 breeds, much like dogs have, each breed prized for a particular skill or appearance. The wild Canary is also known as the Atlantic Canary, Island Canary or Common Canary. This small finch was named for its native range: Spain’s Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic.

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Canary: A Domestic Bird

These small birds measure about 4.9 – 5.3 inches in length; and have a wingspan of 7.9 – 9.1 inches. Their average weight is 20 grams; although they may weigh as little as 12 grams or as much as 29 grams (depending on the breed). Wild birds are mostly yellow-green, with brownish streaking on the back. The most easily recognized domesticated form is bright yellow; however, many different color variations and other type canaries have been bred in captivity.

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Canary: A Domestic Bird

I really hate to see them in small cages. Since these are birds that will just about ALWAYS be in a cage, I would hope that people give them a roomy flight cage – ideally with some plants in it too for the canaries to enjoy. They should be able to fly. Make it a “project” to prepare an attractive flight cage for them, with lots of toys but no STRING toys though that might strangle them. And natural branches, maybe some plants.

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Canary: A Domestic Bird

Your canary should be kept in a room with plenty of natural light.  Do not place cage near a window where he may get a cold draft.  Since a male canary’s singing is stimulated by people movements, keep your canary in a room you occupy frequently. You canary needs plenty of exercise and should be kept in a rectangular cage at least 10 inches wide and 17 inches long. Be sure to cover your canary’s cage at night to avoid them from sickness so the light stops with the sunset.  This keeps him in tune with the seasons.

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Do not use a lot of cleaning agents around your bird as the fumes can be harmful. It is recommended to use a natural cleaning product. Clean and disinfect the habitat and perches regularly; replace substrate or habitat liner weekly or more often as needed. Nails should be trimmed by a qualified person to prevent injury to the bird. Healthy canaries have these symptoms which are given below:

  • Active, alert and sociable.
  • Eats and drinks throughout the day.
  • Dry nares and bright, dry eyes.
  • Beak, legs and feet normal in appearance.
  • Clean, dry vent.
  • Smooth, well-groomed feathers.

. When a bird is sick, it puffs up its feathers to stay warm; give it gentle heat. You can often drape a heating pad over or under the cage, but be sure the bird can also get OUT of the heat if it wants.

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