With the Spanish culture comes the singing of the canaries from tiny cages in front of the houses. Canaries used to be taken into the mines because they are very sensitive to the oxygen content of the air. When the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave the mine. After the day at work they would be hung in front of the house for fresh air and communication with other birds.
Only the male canaries sing. Nowadays, when they are 6 months old, the males will be moved from their large ‘flying cage’ to a small ‘singing cage’ so that they start singing to defend their territory and attract the females.
The Canario Timbrado Español is named after the metallic sound of his voice that resembles the sound of the castanets in the Spanish music. The original color is brown/grey/green. Spain also has the Spanish Dwarf Canary, which is bred for its appearance.
Normally canaries are kept as a couple in a spacious cage, in which they can fly. The cage should have perches of varying thickness and be placed at different heights, because the canary sleeps on the perch, therefor they always rest on their feet. The different thickness of the perch ensures the feet not to be burdened on the same spot. Fruit tree branches are ideal to use as perches as they also use them to clean their beaks. In the cage there should be a water bowl, a food bowl with canary seeds, extra fruit sticks, a sepia (squid bone) to sharpen the beak and a larger water bowl to bath in. It is important to keep the cage clean, the bowls, perches, bars and the bottom to avoid parasites. When a canary becomes ill it either blows up its feathers or remains on the bottom of the cage. You will then need to seek veterinary care.