on the color of my canary, I believe he is yellow-variegated,
but as far as type, I can't tell you. I have a book on canaries,
but haven't been able to figure out how to identify canaries
based on appearance. Likewise, I have perused the web, but I
still cannot say with any certainty what he is. My first guess
would be a border canary and my second guess a roller canary.
Perhaps one must use song to identify canaries. Any canary afficionados
out there - feel free to e-mail me
if you can identify him.
canary is a male as he clearly enjoys to sing. He used to have
his own song, but since cohabitating with my strawberries, it
has become corrupted. He frequently imitates the strawberries'
song, or injects it into the middle of his own. I find it cute
(although I realize that canary lovers may disapprove). Because
I don't show, sell, or breed canaries, it doesn't matter to
me what song he sings as long as he is happy and healthy.
canary gets along fine with the other birds, never creating
any problems. He is a little like the Gouldians, in that he
keeps to himself a lot. He does not sleep in a nest, but prefers
to perch. Although I have heard that canaries have different
seed-diet requirement and therefore might be best kept apart
from finches, mine has done fine eating the Herman Brother's
EM Spec Finch mix and the fresh food provided. In fact, I think
the canary is a good teacher bird to motivate other birds to
try the greens. The canary is also the only bird that ever cared
at all for any fruit I provided.
canary, like the zebras and societies, just loves to bathe -
and boy does he create a splash!
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