Description: Crested Canaries (Serinus canaria domesticus) are small, colorful songbirds, and make adorable companion pets canaries that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face! The Crested Canary is a “type canary” bred for physical characteristics rather than color or song. The Crested Canary has a tuft of feathers around the top of its head. It has a broad deep body, a short stout neck, and more feathers than many other breeds. This feathering is essential for the forming of a good strong crest, which is the main feature of this bird.
The Crested was perhaps the most popular canary in the late 1800’s and was described as the “King of the Fancy”. As a consequence of its popularity it became one of the most expensive, eventually being kept only by the very wealthy. DNA testing is available to ensure gender if desired.
Geography: Canaries are in the finch family and originate from the Macaronesian Islands, including the Canary Islands.
Size / Weight: a smaller canary in stature
Temperment: They are good-natured social creatures that do well when kept in cages or in aviaries. They are timid birds though and should not be housed with parakeets, lovebirds, or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive birds by nature. Canaries like wide open spaces so provide a roomy cage.
Breeding: Canaries breed easily and readily if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning. They are best bred in breeding cages. They lay their eggs in a nest. The female will lay 3 to 6 eggs, one per day. Breeding season is usually from December to April; it is best to allow a hen to have only two clutches.
Diet: Canaries thrive on our special in house blend of Canary Seed, and will enjoy rape seed and the calcium from a cuttlebone.