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Few pet birds are as gorgeous to watch and listen to as the Canary. These feathered companions love to fly and will fill the room with soothing songs.

Canaries are actually members of the finch family, and require simple bird care. Canaries do not like to be handled as much as some other species of birds, but they do like being able to see everyone in the room. They love it when you talk and whistle at them giving them the interaction and friendship they need. The beautiful song of Canaries, especially males, makes this bird an entertaining pet.

Canaries like to fly, so the cage you select should be large enough for your pal to comfortably fly between perches. The bigger the cage, the better. Also remember that length is better than height when it comes to cages. Canaries can be kept alone or in pairs. A male Canary however, won't like being housed in a cage with another male.

When they're not singing for you, your Canary will enjoy toys and other accessories. Be sure to provide a cuttle bone in the cage at all times. Because Canaries are so active, pet bird food should always be available. Canaries only eat the top layer off the food dish so check it daily and remove empty seed hulls. Provide bite-sized fruits and veggies like apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and shredded carrots every 2-3 days.

Canaries originated from Madeira, the Azores, and the Canary Islands. They were brought to Europe by Spanish sailors in the 1600s. The true wild Canary is olive-green in color, but they come in yellow, orange, brown, black, white, and red. A Canary only weighs about 1 ounce and is roughly 6 inches long. They live from 8 to 10 years and are perfect for owners aged 14 and up.

Fun Fact!: Perhaps the most famous Canary in the world is “Tweety Bird,” seen in Warner Brothers' cartoons.