Fun Yellow Canary Facts For Kids

Akinwalere Olaleye
Oct 20, 2022 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
The cute little tweety bird, yellow canary facts.

Do you recall your childhood days? The famous tweety bird of the American animated series, 'Looney Tunes.' How would you describe tweety bird? Well, tweety bird is a yellow canary!

For the last few centuries, several different types of canaries have become popular pet choices among many bird lovers. The stunning vibrant yellow feathers, excellent singing ability, and natural friendly behavior are some of the reasons why they are significantly in demand as pets. The canaries are carefully bred to be available in different colors, sizes, and singing abilities.

Who wouldn't love to keep a canary as a pet? When you hear them sing, it soothes your mood. Their harmonious and mellifluous singing will keep your mind at ease. Keeping a yellow canary as a pet will bring you immense joy, great companionship, and a happy environment at home.

If you want to know more about other types of canaries, you can read about the Atlantic canary and the Gloster canary.

Yellow Canary Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellow canary?

The canary is a smart and intelligent bird species. It enjoys being around people and does not like heavy handling like the parrots. Many owners can efficiently train a canary to sit on their hands, move to their cage, and fly around the room. When young, it is easy to train; you can train the canaries with enough patience.

The canary loves being alone. So if you leave a canary alone, it won't get bored inside the cage. It is also social; when left with other small birds, it can adapt quickly. The only rule is to not keep two male types of canaries in one cage they are likely to fight.

What class of animal does a yellow canary belong to?

The yellow canary is a bird. They belong to the class- Aves and family- Fringillidae.

How many yellow canaries are there in the world?

In the wild, Crithagra flaviventris total population is estimated to be around 100,000-160,000.

Where does a yellow canary live?

The Crithagra flaviventris is a small passerine bird belonging to the family Fringillidae.

The wild canaries are found to live in the woodlands, forests, and mountain regions. However, they adapt to any environment. It is a local breeding bird in the western and central regions of South Africa. Their habitat range has also been extended to the St Helena islands and Ascension.

What is a yellow canary's habitat?

The Crithagra flaviventris prefers woodlands and forests. However, they are also found in the coastal scrub region and mountain valley scrub.

The Crithagra flaviventris does not prefer to live in a tropical rainforest region and arid areas. A frequent visitor to the cultivated lands where food items are available in abundances like millet, sorghum, and other grains.

Who do yellow canaries live with?

The Crithagra flaviventris live alone or in pairs.

How long does a yellow canary live?

In the wild Crithagra flaviventris are expected to live for 8.5 - 10 years.

How do they reproduce?

The Crithagra flaviventris are socially monogamous, which means the males are responsible for parenting. In most passerine bird cases, the male defends its territory, is responsible for building a nest, brings food to the nest, and feeds the mother and the young ones.

Several breeding couples may nest in the same tree. The females construct a cup-shaped nest with fine grasses. The nests are built at the height of 3.3-19.7 ft (1-6 m) above the ground.

During the breeding season, the mating couples chase one another slowly and stiffly from one branch to another. Males are responsible for feeding the females throughout the breeding season. They also sing loud while perching up and down the tree. The females lay around 3-7 eggs.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the yellow canary is of Least Concern.

Yellow Canary Fun Facts

What do yellow canaries look like?

Yellow canary, learn more about this vibrant bird.

The Crithagra flaviventris is 5.11 in (13 cm) in length. The adult male body color comprises bright yellow underpart, and the upper parts are yellowish-green. The underparts, rump, and tail are bright yellow.

The female has a grayish-brown upper part with black wings and yellow flight feathers, and the region near the eyebrows is pale. The underparts are white with brown. The young ones look like the females but more striking.

The Crithagra flaviventris can be easily distinguished from the yellow-fronted canary as it does not have black markings on the face. Its bill is less heavy.

The wild yellow canary has a greenish-yellow body and wings, and the underparts are yellow. Due to the selective breeding of the canaries, their colors range from orange, red, white, and yellow.

How cute are they?

The yellow canary is a very cute little vibrant-looking bird. The underpart is yellow, and the upper parts are yellowish-green. They are the best pets for beginners' first birds. Its melodious voice is sure to woo away your mood, keeping you cheerful all day long.

How do they communicate?

Amazingly, the Crithagra flaviventris communicates through vocalization. It can make a few different kinds of calls or songs. Its calls are described as 'cheree' or 'chissick', and the song is identified as 'zee-zeree-chereeo'.

Their melodic songs are quite soft and pleasant and keep you energetic. Presenting oneself in a group is expected. Also, singing competitions are conducted. The males take the singing competitions very seriously, often sing loudly with a trilling sound that keeps on going on throughout the day.

How big is a yellow canary?

The yellow canary is around 5.11 in (13 cm). The Crithagra flaviventris is larger than the lesser goldfinch.

How fast can a yellow canary fly?

The birds belonging to the family Fringillidae are known to fly 20-30 mph (32.2-48.3 kph).

How much does a yellow canary weigh?

The yellow Canary is known to weigh 0.423 - 1.058 oz (12 - 30 g)

What are the male and female names of the species?

Females are known as female yellow canaries, and males are known as male yellow canaries.

What would you call a baby yellow canary?

The yellow baby canary is known as a chick.

What do they eat?

The yellow canaries mainly feed on seeds. The yellow canaries' food includes seeds, vegetables, fruits, weeds, grasses, shrubs, and trees in the wild. They also feed occasionally on small insects, flies, spiders, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, beetles, and more.

The canaries feed on fruits like figs, apples, bananas, oranges, melons, and grapes. Other food eating habits include eating vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach, peas, celery, and watercress.

If you have kept them as a pet in a cage, do provide them water. Even one day without water can kill a canary confined in a cage.

Are they poisonous?

No, the yellow canary birds are not poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

They are the best for someone who is having a lonely life. Their vibrant-looking yellow color is sure to enlighten your day. So whenever you are bored, listen to the canary's melodious song or let your canary come out of the cage and sit on your shoulder.

Did you know...

The wild canary is a small bird native to the Macaronesian islands. It has a wide range- from Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands (from where it got its name). In 1478 when the Europeans captured the Macaronesian islands, they brought canaries to Europe.

Since the 17th century, the canaries were bred in captivity in Europe. A Spanish sailor first brought the canaries. Now it is found in most pet stores.

An interesting fact about the yellow canaries is that they alerted coal miners about unexpected mine explosions during earlier times. The canaries have respiratory problems in the presence of methane and carbon monoxide, causing severe damage to their health.

Thus, when the canaries became ill inside the mines, the coal miners quickly identified that there might be an explosion due to methane and carbon monoxide and immediately evacuated the mines. As a result, the canaries have saved the lives of thousands of coal miners in the past.

The canaries sleep for 10-12 hours.

The canaries are not expensive to buy. Their shipping orders cost very little. Also, in some pet stores, discounts for first-time orders and also for repeated orders are available. Since you can get them in any pet store, same-day delivery of orders is available. The price of a yellow canary is only $100-$150.

Do yellow canaries sing?

Yes, the yellow canary is an excellent singer. The song of the canary is very famous. Song canaries or males are specially bred as they are melodious. They can make distinct calls, identified as 'cheree' or 'chissick', and the song is described as harmonious 'zee-zeree-chereeo'. Their melodic songs are very soft and pleasing.

Female canaries mostly chirp, while males can develop a song more elaborately. The canaries do not sing during the worn-out period of the feathers.

What does a yellow canary symbolize?

A yellow flying canary is a sign of freedom. Traditionally and religiously, it symbolizes happiness, joy, and a positive attitude towards life. It teaches you to be calm and to enlighten yourself. However, it is believed that it represents entrapment, unhappiness, and sorrow if kept in a cage.

When you feel defeated, if a yellow canary visits you, it means that you are stronger than you think. If you make an effort, you have the strength to pass through the storm. A yellow canary depicts that there is always a way out if you have the willpower and trust yourself.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our red finch facts and house finch facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable yellow canary coloring pages.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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