Canaries are members of the finch family and originated from the Canary Islands. There are three types of domestic canaries: colour canaries, song canaries and type canaries. They are bred for specific characteristics.

1

Lifespan

Female canaries that have been bred in captivity have an average lifespan of five to six years. Male canaries can live up to 10 years in captivity.

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Diet

To extend the life of your canary, feed it a diet consisting of canary seeds or pellets. Ensure they are vitamin-coated seeds. Supplemental foods that canaries eat include fruits, vegetables and egg biscuits. Providing a source of calcium, such as a cuttlebone, ensures a strong beak and strong eggshell development. Grit should be included in the diet to aid in digestion.

  • To extend the life of your canary, feed it a diet consisting of canary seeds or pellets.
3

Grooming

Canaries that are well cared for live longer. A dish with water should be placed on the bottom of the cage to allow the canary to bathe once a week. Clipping the nails of the canary is recommended as well.

4

Housing

Canaries need adequate space to thrive. The cage should be roomy, have a perch, and have space for food and water dishes.

5

Environment

The canary housing shouldn't be in the path of drafts or direct sunlight. Daytime temperatures should be 15.5-21 degrees C, and the nighttime temperatures shouldn't drop below 4.44 degrees Celsius.