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American Singer Canary

Overall satisfaction

2.75/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Friendly with owner

2/5

Friendly with family

3/5

Trainability

1/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Song-vocal quality

4/5

Mimics sounds-words

0/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

Canaries - little bits of sunshine!

By

United States

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.

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