Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 19, 2013
Canaries are pretty attractive, and their voices are crisp and absolutely beautiful. The males sing beautiful songs and, because of that, you have to be prepared to endure a lot of noise with this bird. They also imitate sounds extremely easily. I'm not sure how they are with other canaries, but they don't seem to be too nice to zebra finches; our canary definitely displayed a lot of dominance when caged with a few finches, and while he didn't peck at them very much, he did seem to try and scare them into corners a lot. These birds are early to rise and will, like many birds, chirp at the first sight of sunlight, so keeping a dark cover over their cage at night (and preferably having their cage not too close to your bedroom) will help you keep your sanity. They're messy, but not as messy as budgies or cockatiels in my experience; I'd still recommend keeping some kind of newspaper or towel beneath them to make cleaning easier, or you could just sweep beneath them often.
Sadly, canaries don't seem very interested in bonding with humans. They don't seem to ever lose their fear of humans, and Sunny himself would always back away anytime anyone approached the cage, even to give him food. I would recommend canaries for anyone who likes birds mainly for their voice and looks, but not for their cuddliness.