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Re: Any Ideas regarding Canary cage mates

Posted by Dave on 1/02/07
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    On 1/02/07, Verdell wrote:
    > I got a beautiful six year old male Canary at a bird show
    > about a year ago. I have a Macaw and Quaker, but I thought
    > the canary was so pretty and wouldn't need as much care.
    > he's some type of Opaline something or other. I don't
    > remember. Anyway, the breeder was getting rid of her old
    > birds and he looked so unhappy. So aof aocurse I got him.
    > Within a few days he was singing the most beautiful
    > song,i've never heard a Canary sing so much and beautiful.
    > He even got the Quaker to try and sound like him. Anyway
    > then I got to thinking he looked lonely and that is why he
    > was singing so much. So, I got a another canary from a pet
    > store. They weren't sure if it was a male or female since
    > it never sang, they thought it was a female. Since I
    > really hadn't wanted to breed them anywasy, I went ahead
    > and got her. They ignore each other now. When I first got
    > her, she went to the food dish, he was by it, he opened
    > his beak and flapped his wings at her. So, I gave them
    > another food dish and they seem to be fine now. They just
    > act like the other one doesn't exsist. It's been about a
    > month now. Should I leave them together, or separte them,
    > now neither one is singing. The possible female does make
    > chirping noises and sounds like she is purring soemtimes
    > though. I know more about Parrots than Canaries obviously,
    > but I only have one of each parrot and know that once they
    > bond to someone, they can get jealous... Also if anyone
    > knows what kind of Opaline it is I would appreciate
    > knowing. I should have wrote it down when I got him. He
    > mainly white, with a little yellow around the face/wings
    > and silver stripes on wings, body and tail. Also he has
    > feathers puffing out from his sides that are really small
    > and fine looking. he's really pretty. I would like to
    > leave them together if it sounds like they are o-kay
    > together, Thanks
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    Only male canaries sing and that happens when they're alone
    or when other males are present but each male must be in
    it's own cage. The male will also sing to a female in order
    to attract her for mating purposes but that female can't be
    seen by the male or she needs to be a great distance away--
    at least 7 ft or more. If they see each other, the singing
    will stop. Basically, he's wooing her. A male canary that's
    constantly singing is a very happy canary and doesn't suffer
    from loneliness or need companionship. The time to worry is
    when a singing male stops singing for no reason at all. A
    medical problem is usually the cause. Males will seriously
    fight with each other if given the chance.

    As far as *opaline*, that just refers to a color that the
    canary might have. It can be on any type of species of
    canary. Other than the AMERICAN SINGER, canaries aren't bred
    for color. They're bred in order to improve their particular
    classification. In that situation, color isn't important.
    You'll need to go that person and ask for the
    classification.........Canary Classifications
    American Singer Canary
    Border Fancy Canary
    Fife Fancy Canary
    Norwich Canary
    Yorkshire Canary
    Gloster Canary
    Rare Variety Canary
    Irish Fancy Canary
    Other Canary Groups

    Dave