Skip to Content

Orange Canary


Interesting Facts and Information About the Orange Canary

A variation of the canary, the orange canary, can be a delightful pet to own in your home.  These birds are actually very chipper and they have wonderful songs to sing to their owners.  They are also generally very easy to maintain if you decide to own one.  If you would like to own one of these birds, you may be interested in some interesting facts related to it.

The canary was first bred in the early 1600’s.  They were bred by monks that only sold the males at that time.  The Italians then got a hold of some and they began breeding them as well.  This eventually made them very popular.  When they finally arrived in England and they were generally owned by rich people.  Now, canaries are divided into three different groups.

First of all, the male canaries are the ones that will generally do all of the singing.  They do this in order to attract a female.  It is also neat to know that if they are kept in a cage with a female, they will not sing.  The summer is time for them to molt.  Therefore, they will not sing during these months either.  Be aware though that if it is not summer time and your bird is alone and still not singing, he may be sick.  In this case, you should consult a vet.

While your orange canary may love your attention, he or she does not usually like to be handled.  You can simply stand at his or her cage and whistle or talk to your bird.  This will give the bird the interaction that it desires and loves.  If your orange canary is well cared for he or she may live to be 25 years old.  This is longer than most other animals.   You can help make this possible by giving your bird plenty of room to move and fly in its cage.  You should also make sure that there is a perch on both sides for your bird to sit on.

The canary does have some interesting eating habits.  They will only eat off of the top of their food dish.  Because of this, you are going to want to check its dish daily and empty any seeds that are left in it.  They also enjoy some human food like apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, and mustard greens.  This can be given daily if you would like but it should only make up five to ten percent of the canaries diet.  You should make sure that your bird has access to clean, fresh water at all times.  Be sure to give him or her distilled water rather than tap water.

These birds were once used in the coal mines.  They were used as a warning sign to the miners.  The toxic chemicals in the mine would kill the canary before the actual miners.  Because the birds would sing most of the time, they could be used as an audible clue that something was wrong.  There is also such a thing as canary competitions.  These usually take place in the Northern hemisphere and the world show takes place in Europe.  At this time, there are approximately 20,000 that are brought together in order to compete.

These birds have found their way into the scientific community as they have been used to study the birth of new neurons in the adult brain.  They have also been used to better understand how songbirds produce their wonderful music.

The orange canary is a very interesting bird with a long history.  They are relatively low maintenance and they can be a great addition to your family for a very long time if they are cared for properly.  Because there are so many different types and colors you should take your time to find the breed and color that best suits your needs.

Related Resources: