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How to Care for Your Canary Bird

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The Canary bird has been one of the most favorite pets in the world. Did you know there are around 200 different breeds of canaries in the world, pretty impressive? The canaries are very cute looking birds and male canaries are adored because of their singing. Two of the famous cartoons featured these canaries too. One was Tweety and the other was the yellow bird in Tom and Jerry. In the 1800s and the early 1900s, the canary bird was used as a noxious gas detector in the coal mines, this is one pretty amazing stuff about this bird.

Some Facts About Canary Bird:

The canaries are available in 3 colors red, white, yellow and orange.

They have a lifespan of up to 10 years.

They resemble a sparrow and are about 3-4 inches long from head to tail.

The canaries are omnivorous.

The male Canaries sing very well, females chirp rather than sing.

Natural Habitat:

The canary was named after the place it was found, Canary island. The wild canary was very ordinary looking, greenish colored finch. What was unique about this bird was it’s singing. Europeans found them in the 1500s and started breeding them for different mutations.


The canaries like to interact with humans, but you cannot make a canary sit on your hands or on your shoulders. Basically it cannot be handled like a parrot. Preferably a canary should be housed alone but they can live well in an aviary too. Two males should never be kept together as they will fight with each other.

Care Tips for Your Canary Bird:

Choosing a Healthy Canary Bird:

Make sure to choose a healthy bird when you decide to bring home one. Some characteristics of a healthy bird are mentioned below:

Active and alert

Smooth feathers

Dry and clean vent

Clear and bright eyes

Eats and drinks properly


A single canary will require a cage size of 24 inches long and 20 inches wide. But a bigger cage is always better. Use perches of variable diameters for your canary to rest. Do not use sandpaper perches as they may harm a canary’s feet. Provide your canary with toys and a sing.

Make sure to keep the aviary or cage clean. Make sure to keep utensils and toys that do not contain lead or zinc. Do not use cleaning agents rather than simply wash the cage, utensils and other accessories with water.


The canaries forage for seeds and insects in the wild, so a similar diet should be provided to a canary kept in captivity. In the market, there is a good quality mixture of seeds available that are coated with vitamins, perfect for canaries.

Pelleted food may also be given. Vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, peas, and celery should be a part of dietary supplements as well. Regularly give a small amount of fruit such as melons,  banana, apple, etc.

For protein supplements, give boiled eggs at least once a week.

Freshwater supply should be available at all times. And water should also be available for daily bathing.


The canaries need to fly around the cage. Make sure to clear the clutter and make space for the bird to fly around. Provide a birdbath so the canary can splash around which is very healthy for the bird. A foraging toy may be provided for mental stimulation

Common Health Issues:

Diarrhea: Fecal portion of stool not formed properly.

Avian pox: Scabs on eyes and face and lesions in the mouth.

Feather mites: Scratching and feather picking.

Mites: White deposits on beaks, legs, feet, and eyes.

Consult your vet If you find such signs in your bird.

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