Canaries and Cockatiels

The canaries live in the Avery with Jack the Iguana, terrapins and the cockatieles.  They came from a gentleman who was, at the time, 84 and couldn’t look after them any more.  His words were “I want to find them a good home before I pop my clogs”.  He came to Sangha  and decided the canaries would be happy here and they were released into the Avery.  Jack (the Iguana) doesn’t mind at all and the cockatieles are OK about it too. One of our cockatieles is 14 years old and the other a gift to to keep him company.  Everybody lives happily together.

About Canaries: The canary was named for its place of origin, the Canary Islands; the islands were named after the dogs kept by the islands’ residents, more specifically after the Latin designation for dog, canis. The original canary was nothing more than a greenish-coloured finch, nothing out of the ordinary — except for its song. Europeans fell in love with the canary’s song, and began importing them in the late 1500s. Eventually, the Europeans began breeding these birds and capitalizing on small mutations, developing canary breeds that hardly resemble each other today, and certainly don’t resemble their wild ancestor.

About Cockatiels: The cockatiel, is a bird that is a member of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatieles are second in popularity only to the budgerigar.

What they eat:  Greenbeans, corn, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and peas are known to please canaries. They also eat fruits in smaller amounts, including apples, bananas, grapes and melons. but not avocado and the seeds and leaves of fruits, which can be toxic to birds.