Posted Jul 31, 2015
Canaries are delightful little birds, and in my experience very easy to keep. As long as the temperature is constant and the water clean, they're adaptable; if you give them nesting material, they may even lay eggs. The males are much more likely to sing than the females, and the song is a mix of warbles, chirps, and lilting phrases that's quite pleasant but can be a bit hard on the nerves if the bird is a morning singer and you aren't. You'll want a cage that's large enough for them to fly and have toys in; don't clip their wings! They sing less when molts are coming on.
They do like steady day/night cycles, so be sure to have a set "bedtime" for them and cover the cage at night, even if you'll still be up for a while. Their food is extremely easy to find, and while they can be a bit messy at times most cages are built to be easy to clean. Look for a removable bottom tray that you keep lined with newspaper; you might also want to slide a piece of newspaper in temporarily while you're cleaning the regular bottom. Mine always seemed to pick "cleaning time" as the time to make a mess with seeds and droppings!
Canaries are quite nice to have around; if you're looking for an easy, cheerful, small bird, consider a canary.