The canary, also known as the canary or canari, is descended from the canary, a species of bird found on the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores. These birds have already been in the 15. Century with to Central Europe brought and here bred.
They were very popular as cage birds mainly because of their song. The original Canary was lemon-yellow, by purposeful breeding there are canaries today also in the colors orange, red-orange, red, brown, brown-silver, light gray, white and white-yellow as well as melanin striped resp. dashed. Today a distinction is made between song and shape canaries.
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Song canaries are : Harz Roller, Water Racer and American Singer. Shape or postular canaries bred specifically for their appearance include: Crested Canary, Cresded Canary Bo, Fancy, Belge and Milanese Frise.
Acquisition and keeping
Who would like to acquire canaries, should not go to a pet shop, and certainly not order on the Internet. It is much better to contact an experienced breeder or ask at the nearby animal shelter. This is how to get professional advice in any case.
In addition, a potential buyer should look closely at the birds for the following details:
– Do the birds look generally healthy – Are they lively and alert – Is their plumage smooth and clean – Do they groom themselves regularly – Do their feet show three toes forward, one to the rear.
If all this applies, then this already gives a lot of security that the birds are well.
Requirements for keeping canaries
Already with the acquisition should be considered that it is cruelty to animals to hold only one bird, because the animals are sociable by nature. Best kept as a pair, i.e., one hen and one rooster. Two males would usually have fierce rank fights in their narrow territory, in which in the worst case the weaker bird could even die. Two hens together works rather, but also they do not always get along with each other. If you buy your birds from a breeder, there is usually the possibility to exchange a rooster or a hen, if it does not want to work out with the socialization of two specimens.
Whether canaries are to be considered flock birds or not, even the specialists sometimes argue about it. Canaries are in nature in winter in loose flocks on the road, but in the mating season, laying season and breeding they live in pairs. They can therefore be kept in a larger group if the aviary is large enough and there are retreats. During laying time and brooding they should be kept separately as a pair, which is why this form of keeping is uncomplicated for beginners all year round. If one holds them to several together, then the Harem keeping (one rooster, several hens) especially well proven.
At least there must always be more hens than roosters to avoid territorial fights. Even if breeding is not intended at all, it is usually not possible to suppress breeding in pairs of canaries. In that case the eggs in the nest should be replaced by plastic eggs. In this case the hen loses interest after some time and leaves the nest.
To a good attitude of the canaries belongs in any case a sufficiently large cage or better still an appropriate aviary. For a pair, a cage should not be smaller than 80 x 80 x 60 cm, better still significantly larger. Also a species-appropriate facility with sleeping places, food, water and and toys are important and also here a breeder can give valuable tips. But of course, even the largest cage does not replace the possibility of free flight. So the animals should be given the opportunity to fly freely in the room now and then with appropriate precautions. The "big lot" have drawn certainly Kanaries, which have their own bird room with appropriate possibilities.
Feed and nutrition
The basis for the diet of canaries are grains, which can be purchased in suitable ready mixes. But the birds also love vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, zucchini, fennel, spinach, iceberg lettuce and lamb's lettuce, They also like to nibble fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, cress and chervil, as well as fresh fruit for example apple, pear, melon, peach and grapes. Other delicacies for them are chickweed, dandelion, sorrel and nettle, but also millet and the panicles of many grass species. If the birds have young, special egg and young bird food is provided until the nestlings are old enough to eat regular grain food. But also during the moult should be fed from. To be given so-called egg food.
This can also be curd, yogurt, cream cheese or a hard-boiled egg. In general, one must be careful not to overfeed the animals. In addition to the actual species-appropriate diet, canaries also need fiber, which should be offered in the form of twigs and branches of fruit trees, birch, alder, willow, oak, spruce and pine trees. In addition, of course, fresh water may not be missing.