Family - Finch
Nick Names - Border Canary
Description - The Border Canary, like all canaries, evolved from the wild canaries of the Canary Islands. Border Canaries have been bred in the North of England and the Scottish Borders since the 1700s. In 1889 a meeting was called at the Border town of Langholm where a name and common standard were adopted. The Border Fancy Canary Club was established on June 5th 1890. The Standard stated that the idea border canary should be less than five and a half inches long, stand at a 60 degree angle to it's perch, have a smoothly rounded head and breast, and should have and active disposition.
Temperament - Like all Canaries Border Fancy Canaries Canaries usually don't like to be touched. It is possible to hand tame some Canaries, but it takes a tremendous amount of effort. Canaries are teritorial and usually do not like sharing their cage and rarely if ever need companionship.
Sexing - It is difficult to determine the sex of the Canaries sometimes. With that said usually female Canaries have 3 evenly lengthed toes, while middle toe of male Canaries is usually longer than the two outside toes. Males also usually have flatter heads, are more colorful, and sing. Femails tend to have rounder heads, are plainer, and chirp. It is not unusual for a family to believe they have a male Canary until they find an egg sitting in their "male canary's" cage.
Origin - All Canaries original origins are from the wild canaries of the Canary Islands. Border Fancy Canaries have been bred in the North of England and the Scottish Borders from the 1700s.
Trainability - NA.
Loudness - NA.
Canaries have very high metabolism. Your canary could starve to death within twenty four hours if your canary doesn't eat. Canaries should eat about half grains and half vegatable with some fruits (about 5%). Never feed any Canary anything with caffiene as an ingredient (like chocolate) and dairy products are a bad idea.
Desired Cage size - Your canary needs a relatively large cage because canaries are very active. They love to fly so there should be lots of perches throughout the cage. 20"X20"X26" (length X width X height)Length: less than 5 1/2 inches
Life span: 10-14 years