While Canaries aren’t really “hands on” birds like budgies or cockatiels, they can be the perfect pet for someone who would like a smaller feathered friend for a companion. While the Canary’s small stature may make them seem like good pets for kids, please be cautioned — these birds are very fragile and easily frightened, and may not do well in a home with very young children.


  • Canaries are native to the Canary Islands and are actually a member of the Finch family.
  • The wild canary is greenish-yellow over most of its body with yellow underparts. The domestic canary comes in an array of bright colors.
  • Canaries are very small in size, between 4-5 inches and can live up to 10 years.
  • Male canaries sing better than females, although the canary may not sing as much during a molt.
  • Canaries do not require a great deal of attention and are suitable for beginning pet bird owners.
  • Canaries are not social birds so a single pet canary will be happy being alone.
  • Canaries are either bred for color, conformation, or song. Each variety has its obvious strong points, but prospective owners should do research into the species to determine which type is right for their household


Most Canaries are somewhat timid and shy little birds. Unlike larger bird species, they don’t usually do well with being handled, although there may be the occasional exception. Canaries are charming birds, and many enjoy watching and interacting with their owners from the comfort of a large flight cage. These birds can be very territorial, so use caution if keeping more than one canary per cage, as dominant behavior can be hard to control and can lead to an unfortunate situation for the more submissive bird.


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