15 things you don’t know about canary birds

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

A symbol
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

The Canaries in History
The 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

Nice birds
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

Little friends of loneliness
Little 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

Very clean animals
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

Very clever
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

They need their own space
They 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.

8.º Affectionate

Loving
Loving

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

A very healthy diet
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

Functions of his singing
Functions of his singing

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

Seasonal composers
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?

What about the females?
What about 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

Feather ingedula
Feather ingedula

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

Half-life expectancy
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

Measures of the canary
Measures of the canary

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.