The Colourful World of Canaries and Finches

This guide tells you everything you need to know about choosing a pet Canary or finch, and keeping your birds healthy and happy. It shows you how to set up a cage or aviary, offers a full menu of suitable foods, and enables you to recognise when your birds need extra attention, distraction or intervention.

Different finch species
Canaries and Zebra Finches may be the most popular, but there are many other types available

The documented human/finch relationship goes back to the 1360s, when pet Java Sparrows were kept by China’s 1st Ming Dynasty. The west was less quick off the mark, but five hundred years ago the first Canaries were brought to Europe by Spanish sailors; and in the last 100 years these trailblazers have been joined by many other pet finches, notably the Zebra finch.

The aim is to take the novice from the point of purchase to the brink of expertise. In addition to the basics of finch care, these pages offer colourful details of finch types and varieties, and give a tantalising glimpse into the world of breeding and exhibiting.

In the course of this guide it can be assumed that general information about food, cages, etc, applies to all types of finch. Where this is not the case, the exceptions to the rule are pointed out.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for here we’ll be very surprised, and urge you to let us know. Your input will help keep the content accurate and up to date.

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