The domestic canary, often simply known as the canary (Serinus canaria forma domestica), is a domesticated form of the wild canary, a small songbird in the finch family originating from the Macaronesia Islands (The Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands).
Canaries were first bred in captivity in the 17th century. They were brought over by Spanish sailors to Europe. This bird became expensive and fashionable to breeding in courts of Spanish and English kings. Monks started breeding them and only sold the males (which sing). Eventually Italians obtained hens and were able to breed the birds themselves. This made them very popular and resulted in many breeds arising and the birds being bred all over Europe.
The same occurred in England. First the birds were only owned by the rich but eventually the local citizens started to breed them and, again, they became very popular. Many breeds arose through selective breeding, and they are still very popular today for their voices.
domestic canary is kept as a popular cage and aviary bird.
It is an active bird, hardy and very easy to keep.
Size: 5 1⁄2 inches
Sexing: Males sings while females don’t
Breeding: Most canaries breed easily and readily if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning. Breeding season for most canaries is spring time.
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Diet: A good diet would consist of any commercial canary mix. Greens and veggies can also be part of their diet. They love apples, celery, romaine lettuce, carrots.