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Reasons for a Canary Not Singing

  • A Canary doesn’t sing during the moulting season. This usually happens during the summer, and lasts from 6 to 8 weeks (anything longer, or involving bald patches, is probably down to disease – see Finch Diseases, below).
  • Canaries only start to sing after about 12 weeks, so a mute bird may simply be a young one.
  • Females are not, generally speaking, great singers, so if you have a reluctant performer, it may be a hen. However, many owners have trained their hens to sing very well. They can’t master the more intricate rolls and warbles, but they can still become good singers.

Reasons for a Canary not singing
Silence isn't golden - but there will be a good reason why your Canary isn't singing

  • Canaries need stimulation if they are to reach peak song performance. Sound and movement help, so the bird should be kept in a room with a decent amount of family activity taking place beyond the cage. If the Canary is part of an aviary, the other birds will provide the stimulus.
  • Only a healthy bird will be inclined to sing. If your Canary is silent, but is in none of the categories listed above, he could be sick. Check that his diet is top-notch, and do a spot-check of his appearance, cage and immediate environment (e.g. is he fluffed up or sleepy, or suffering from the incursions of draughts, pets, small children, other birds, etc).

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An Omleteer, 4 March 2024

I have been keeping canary for over 45 years,I am from Nigeria,I live in Span,I know how to train canary ,how to know a singing canary, keep them in separate cage,give them red 🫑 bell pepper,they love apple.enter u tube look for singing canary, select a good singer,play it for them .in a month your birds will try new things.good luck.

Mavis, 1 June 2023

I'm really worried about my canary. He/She doesn't make a sound apart from the odd tweet. He isn't ill because he is very lively eats well. I let him put of his cage all day. I live alone I've always got the radio on for company. Does he need a mate? Please can someone help I'm so worried. He's 15months old. Thank you

May, 7 April 2021

My one year old canary only try to sing with no voice whatsoever. He gets fluffed but even the others do. He is iin the same cage with the big two brothers also one year old. They sing very well. Is there anything I could do to help him out please.

Milan, 13 February 2020