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Canary: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

Roller Canary
There are three types of canary: color, song and body.

Canary: (noun) Classification: Serinus canaria. Member of the Fringillidae family – the true finches. This small but popular pet bird is not a parrot. The male canary is often kept as a pet because of its singing abilities. There are different types or breeds of canaries: song, color and body types.

Canaries are typically kept in pet bird cages. Horizontal cages are better than vertical as canaries like to fly from perch to perch. It is possible to hand-tame a canary, but it would have to be hand-reared and you would need some patience.

The most famous canary is a cartoon canary named Tweety Bird. Learn more about the history of canaries here.

Check out this red-factor canary singing:

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A typo in my previous comment. Our birds were definitely not hand-reared. I guess I need to proof-read.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 4/5/2011 3:02:21 PM
I disagree with a canary having to be hand-reared to become hand-tamed. We've had 2 canaries that we hand-tamed that were definitely had-reared. I certainly agree, however, with the fact that it takes a lot of patience.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 4/5/2011 3:01:01 PM
we luv canaries and have a sweet male crested gloster
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 7/29/2010 12:26:30 PM
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 7/28/2010 7:15:51 PM
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