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Colorful singers

They are known for their colorful plumage and beautiful singing. Canaries in nature are not as colorful as those available in breeding; they have not been subjected to many years of selective crossbreeding. The first breeders of these birds appeared in Europe back in the 500th century, more than 300 years ago. Thanks to hundreds of years of work, we can admire the different color variations, of which there are more than 12000. If you decide to buy a canary, remember that it is a sociable bird that does not like to be alone. People who are rarely at home are advised to buy a parka, which will make their time away more enjoyable.

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The name of these birds comes from their place of origin - the Canary Islands.

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The canary's natural habitat is the western Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira.

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Naturally occurring canaries are typically green and yellow in color with brown and olive stripes.

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The canary population in the Canary Islands is around 90 pairs, in the Azores there are around 50 pairs and around 5 pairs in Madeira.

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In 1911, this species was introduced to Midway Atoll in Hawaii.

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In 1930, canaries were introduced to Bermuda, but their population quickly declined after an initial increase, and by the 60s all canaries had become extinct.

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They are sociable birds that love to form large flocks that can number several hundred individuals.

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Canaries feed on seeds of green plants and herbs, flower buds, fruits and insects.

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The lifespan of these birds is about 10 years. With proper home maintenance and proper care, they can live up to 15 years.

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Canaries are small birds. They reach a length of up to 13,5 centimeters.

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Canaries lay 3 to 4 light blue eggs. After about 2 weeks, the eggs hatch into chicks.

36 days after hatching they become independent. Canaries can produce 2 to 3 broods per year.
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Canary breeding began in the 14th century.

The first canaries appeared in Europe in 1409. In the initial stages, only the Spaniards were involved in canary breeding, but by the XNUMXth century, breeding had spread to most of central and southern Europe.
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Canaries were used in mines as toxic gas detectors.

They began appearing in mines around 1913 and were used in this manner until the 80s. Because of their delicacy, birds reacted much faster than humans to gases such as carbon monoxide or methane, thereby warning miners of a threat. The canaries were placed in special cages with an oxygen tank, which helped bring the animals back to life in case of gas poisoning.
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Canary shows are organized every year, attracting breeders from all over the world. There are approximately 20 birds on display in such exhibitions.

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There are over 300 color options for pet canaries.

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The red color of the canaries was obtained by hybridization with the red siskin.

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Breeding canaries are divided into three breeds: song, colorful and slender.

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Singing canaries are bred for their interesting and unusual singing.

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Colored canaries are bred for their interesting colors.

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Slender canaries are bred for unusual features of their body structure, such as a crown of feathers on their head or other posture.

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The canary species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.

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The canary's genome was sequenced in 2015.

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One of the characters from the Looney Tunes cartoon, owned by Warner Bros., is Tweety, the yellow canary.

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