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Family - Finch

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Description - The Norwich Canary was made its first appearance England about four hundred years. The original Norwich Canary was much smaller, about 5 1/4 inches long, and slimmer than the Norwich Canary of today. Two events are credited for the modern look of Norwich Canaries; outcrossing the breed to the massive Lancashire Coppy, and introducing the practice of color feeding.

Temperament - Like all Canaries, Norwich 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 - Norwich Canaries original origins are from the wild canaries of the Canary Islands.

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 4 3/4 inches
Life span: 10-14 years