RED FACTOR CANARY
The red factor canary is a popular variety of canary. It is named after its colorful plumage, and it is a ‘color canary’, bred for the novelty of its color rather than for song. It is kept by those who want a pet as well as those who enjoy showing. Although males can sing like any other canary.
It is an active bird, hardy and very easy to keep; however, it is not easy to breed.
First bred in the 1920s, it is the only color canary that has an element of red as part of its plumage. It was developed as a cross between another type of finch, the now endangered Venezuelan red siskin (Spinus cucullata), and a yellow domestic canary (Serinus canaria).
These canaries are bred for showing so therefore many versions of this canary exist today. They are divided into Melanins and the Lipochromes classes. These are further divided into frosts (soft feather) or non-frosts (hard feather), which affects how bright their color appears.
Size: 5 1⁄2 inches
Sexing: Males sings while most 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