Growth Size

The Canary grows to a length of about 10 – 12cm.


5 – 10 years.


Often timid and shy, Canaries are not a bird that enjoys being handled. They are interesting birds to observe and are known as one of the best songbirds.

Training Difficulty

Somewhat difficult to train, due to their aversion to human handling. With persistence they can be trained to sing on command.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for people who are happy just observing their birds, but aren't looking for a pet that they can hold. Also good for homes that are too small to accommodate larger pets. Not recommended for small children.


Canaries are named after the Canary Islands, from which they originated. They were bred in captivity from the 17th century when Spanish sailors brought them to Europe. The bird was a favourite of the rich (especially royalty), due to its incredible singing ability. Only the males sing, and these were the only birds sold, which kept the price up. Eventually lower class citizens were able to get their hands on females and start their own breeding programs, resulting in more variety and cheaper birds.


A commercial Canary seed blend supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. A cuttlefish bone should also be provided.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


Provide a shallow bowl of water (separate to drinking water) for the Canary to bathe in as it pleases.


Canaries used to be used as an early warning system when mining for coal. The birds would be affected by any toxic gasses before the miners. Any distress from the Canary would mean unsafe conditions for the miners. This practice was phased out in the 1980s.