The Endearing Canary
Whenever I visit my local bird store, I am always amazed at the canaries and how tiny and beautiful these little feather guys are…..but when you think of a pet bird, you may imagine a majestic African Grey parrot or a dazzling Sun Conure. While these parrots are beautiful, many people enjoy smaller birds, such as the Canary. While not a hook-bill, these delicate birds can make wonderful companions.
In order to properly care for a Canary, you will need to purchase plenty of bird toys and high-quality bird supplies. However, if you are considering a Canary, be sure to do your research to determine if this is the best type of bird for you.
Below are some common questions and their answers:
1. How big are canaries?
Canaries are small birds ranging from 10-12cm. Their size makes them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers or people who do not have space for a large Amazon parrot or Cockatoo.
2. How long do they live?
Canaries do not live as long as some birds. While certain parrots, such as the African Grey, can live up to 50 years, canaries usually do not exceed 10 years of age.
3. What colors do they come in?
The most common color is yellow, although they also come in orange, white, green and brown. Nothing is more adorable than watching these tiny creatures sit on their bird perch or happily play with their birds toys. Their size and beautiful colors make them extremely endearing.
4. How much exercise do they require?
These birds are extremely active and require plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. When purchasing a bird cage, be sure to get the largest one possible. A flight cage is ideal as canaries need to fly to stay in shape.
5. What are their dietary requirements?
Canaries usually do well on a pelleted diet. You should supplement their daily food with fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks. Well-rounded meals will help keep your bird robust and healthy.
6. Are canaries good family pets?
Some people have hand-tamed their canaries and are able to interact with them quite well. However, if you are looking for a bird that you can take out of his cage and let play on a nearby bird stand or parrot gym, a canary is probably not the bird for you. Canaries are extremely fragile and may not be suitable for young children. These birds are so delicate…..they can be easily injured. They are ideal for people who want a pet bird, but who prefer not to spend an exorbitant amount of time interacting with it.
7. Are canaries noisy?
Due to their size, canaries have much softer voices. Male canaries love to sing and will spend many happy hours engaging in this behavior. Unlike many parrots, canaries never scream or become vocally obnoxious. They tend to be happy birds and are great fun to watch.