The beautiful melodious song of the canary has earned these delightful birds the status of being among the world’s most popular pet birds. Requiring little space, they are easy to keep, hardy and well suited to almost any home environment. However, as with any bird, they require enough space to fly.

One of the most endearing qualities of these birds is their beautiful song. Males are the best singers – and they usually sing better when kept alone. Canaries make good pets for just about anyone, but they are especially appealing to older people.

The domestic canary (Serinus canarius domesticus) is a descendant of the wild canary (Serinus canarius canaries) found in the Canary Islands and Azores Islands, which were imported into Spain as early as 1478. Later, German miners in the Harz Mountains used them to detect toxic gases in coal mines. If the birds – which are more sensitive to airborne poisons than humans – died suddenly, the men knew to evacuate the mine.

The most common canaries bred for song are rollers and American singers, but the Timbrado and Waterslager (also known as the Malinois) are also popular.

Canaries bred for color can be divided into two main groups: those with yellow or white background vs. red-factor birds, which have orange to red background. The original coloring of the wild canary contained dark black or brown pigments on a yellow background, and the name pigmented or melanine is often used to describe such birds. Light-colored birds, which show only the light background colors, are referred to as lipochromes. The trait referred to as red-factor will only produce red or pink coloration if the birds are color-fed foods containing red-pigments.

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