The canaries are one of the most popular birds in the world, for their sociable character, for being easy to maintain and for their attractive singing.
1.º A symbol
As a first curiosity, the Canary bird is recognized as a symbol by the Government of the Canary Islands.
2.º Canaries in History
Canaries were used in coal mines to alert them to the presence of harmful gases. If the canary became ill or died, or if they detected nervousness in their singing, the place would be abandoned. This terrible practice was abandoned in 1986.
3.º Nice Birds
In general they are sociable birds and they like to be in the company of humans, so they will be happy in a large family, but with children already somewhat older, who know how to respect their rest and tranquility.
4.º Few friends of loneliness
They don’t like loneliness at all; they can even get sick if they spend too much time alone.
5.º Very clean animals
The Canary bird cares a lot about its hygiene, so it should always have a small bathtub with fresh (not cold) water at your disposal.
6.º Very Clever
Despite what it may seem, they are very intelligent birds and they easily learn the “tricks” that we teach them.
7.º Need Their Own Space
However, they can also become territorial, and may even react aggressively if they see the space they consider to be their own threatened.
If they live with another canary, they are very affectionate with each other. Don’t miss seeing them pampering and slurping, and sleeping together huddled together.
9.º A very healthy diet
In addition to birdseed, they also eat fruits, berries, some seeds and vegetables. In fact, they love them; you can cut them small pieces and put them in their feeder or give them yourself carefully.
10.º Singing Functions
The singing of the canaries has various functions. These include survival, attracting females (in the case of males) and territorial function, i.e. “marking” by their song what is their own space.
11.º Seasonal Composers
As a curiosity, the canaries “compose” new songs in autumn, when their testosterone levels drop, which are at their highest peak in spring.
12.º And the females?
It was originally believed that females did not sing, but a Dutch researcher discovered in 2009 that certain levels of hormones, specifically testosterone, cause them to sing as well.
13.º Feather mute
You may suddenly be frightened because your canary has stopped singing overnight. However, keep in mind that they often stop singing at the time of the moulting of their plumage.
14.º Half-life expectancy
It depends a lot on the environment you are in and the care we provide, but the average life expectancy of the canary is between 10 and 15 years.
15.º Canary’s Measures
They usually weigh between 15 and 20 grams nothing more, and the height varies quite a bit, but ranges between 10 and 12 cm in height. However, in exceptional cases they can reach 15 cm.