Canary 101

Quick Facts
LIFESPAN: Approximately 10-15 years
SIZE: Up to 5” (13 cm) long

Socialization & General Care

  • Canaries do not enjoy human handling.
  • Whistling and talking to your canary will provide the socialization and interaction he requires.
  • New surroundings can be stressful for your canary. Allow 3-4 days for him to get adjusted to his surroundings.

Canaries can mimic all kinds of sounds, like alarm clocks or telephones


  • Canaries are herbivores and should be fed a fortified pellet-seed blend.
  • Canaries peel every seed and let the hull drop back into their dish. You will need to remove empty seed hulls daily out of your canary’s food dish.
  • Fresh vegetables should be offered daily and any uneaten food should be removed before it spoils. Acceptable choices are dark leafy greens, zucchini and broccoli. Fresh fruit such as papaya, bananas and melon should be offered weekly.
  • Bits of hard-boiled egg and cooked pasta can also be offered weekly.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times and food and water dishes should be cleaned daily.


  • Moulting is a natural process when birds lose and replace their feathers.
  • A nutritious diet is needed to promote the re-growth of lost feathers.
  • Protect your canary from temperature fluctuations, drafts and frightening experiences while moulting.

Health Issues to Watch For

  • Change in the consistency, frequency or colour of droppings.
  • Ruffled feathers for prolonged periods.
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss.
  • Sitting on bottom of cage for prolonged periods.
  • Laboured breathing, sneezing, coughing and crusty beak or eyes.
  • If you notice any of the symptoms above, seek veterinary care.

Fun Canary Facts

  • Canaries are named for the island in which they originate, the Canary Islands!
  • Throughout history, canary bird cages have been elaborately designed and created to compliment the beauty and song of these birds.
  • The canary was once used by British miners to test the mines for toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.

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