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Millions fell in love with the canary bird thanks to the oh so lovable cartoon Tweety. While not quite the same as far as appearance goes, real life canaries are sweet companions whose singing is even sweeter.
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Tweety Has Nothing on the Real Canary Bird
Sylvester the Cat would like nothing better than to have Tweety Bird for dinner – to eat! Tweety’s real-life canary bird cousins may be tempting to household pets, but they’re much better kept for their own sweet songs and companionship!
Canaries are one of the most popular pet birds. They were first found on the Canary Island off the western coast of Africa. The islands’ name is believed to be a corruption of the Latin word “canis,” meaning dog. That’s because the Romans originally named them “Dog Islands” thanks to a large breed of dog bred by the inhabitants.
While Tweety’s always bright yellow, canaries in the wild are more likely to be green and look rather like a runty sparrow. By the early 16th century, canaries had become popular pets in Europe. Over the next 500 years, many varieties of canaries were developed through selective breeding.
Some canaries were bred primarily for their vocal ability (although all adult male canaries sing). There are two three kinds of “Canary Carusos:” Rollers, which sing with their beaks closed; Choppers, which sing with their beaks open; and American Singers, produced by crossing Rollers and Choppers to give canaries an even broader repertoire.
All canaries can be trained to sing simple music, even tones from an instrument. They also can mimic wild bird calls and some have learned a human word or two, but they’ll never be as chatty as an African Gray Parrot or a Mynah bird. It’s always best to hear a bird sing in the pet shop before you buy it.
Until the Industrial Revolution brought an onslaught of noise, craftsmen used to keep canaries in their shops for entertainment, like we might tune in to a radio today. In fact, taking canaries into coal mines to serve as warnings to the miners came out of the practice of shop canaries. Coal mine canaries had much less happy jobs, however, since their deaths from gas fumes was the signal to their keepers to get out of the tunnels.
Over the centuries European breeders in Great Britain, France and Italy have created their own regional types of canaries. In fact, avian genetics has long been one of the most well-developed fields – not surprising, considering that Charles Darwin’s theories on animal species were based on his observations of bird adaptations in South America.
Canaries can come in many colors depending on their variety, but all canaries kept as pets need similar nutrition. For instance, a basic canary food, often called “Black and White,” is made up of 70 percent Canary Seed and 30 percent rapeseed. In addition, canaries need a high protein food every day, such as half a teaspoon of chopped hard-boiled egg. If you have a pet canary, be sure to keep seed and water in its cage at all times, because small birds like canaries can starve to death or dehydrate in a short period of time.
With proper care, your pet canary can keep singing to you for 10 years or more. Wow! That means they outlast most relationships nowadays, making it clear who would be the best companion!!