Canary – “A Miracle of Song”

No other bird’s sound output has grown as refined as that of the canary. A canary will sing hundreds, if not thousands, of songs in a single day, each one declaring happiness and the “pleasure of singing.”

The intensity and energy of their apparently easy song conveys enjoyment, but it also raises the question of how a body weighing less than one ounce and a vocal box little bigger than a tiny green pea can generate such strong sounds.

Nature’s engineering marvel-

  • A single bird may perform a two-part vocal duet at the same time.
  • The song continues without break for many minutes while the bird inhales and exhales.

A bird shelters a true musical instrument via a system of vibrating membranes, air sacs utilized as resonance chambers, and long windpipes for amplification.

  • Songbirds only sing when they’re healthy!

Nature seems to instruct canaries not to make their presence known if their health is less than excellent. In other words, “don’t open your mouth” if you’re unwell or otherwise compromised. Survival in the wild often hinges on the predator not knowing where the bird is. Furthermore, the male canary’s lack of singing prevents wooing and mating, ensuring that only the strongest birds propagate.

Male canaries who do not sing are either molting or have a health concern.

Canaries generally sing all year, except during the molting cycle and for a brief time thereafter.

Molt generally lasts three (3) months from the time the first feather falls to the time the last feather has finished growing. The physical and nutritional hardship of sprouting up to 2,000 new feathers causes the song to halt.

Canaries actually notify their owners of concerns by becoming silent.

Consult your veterinarian if this occurs.

Nutritional deficits are the most frequent anomaly affecting singing in male canaries in captivity.

Canaries, like any other animal, need a balanced diet, but the seed diets that have historically been supplied to canaries are deficient in vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Furthermore, neither canaries nor other birds living in captivity have the instinct or skill to choose a balanced meal from a variety of seeds, minerals, vitamins, and supplements supplied in the cage.

It is usual for canaries in households to sing beautifully for 2-3 years, then molt for an extended period of time and never return to full voice.

If a veterinary inspection finds no additional abnormalities, these canaries will thrive on Lafeber’s Canary Food. Depending on the severity of the nutritional abnormalities and the level of tissue damage caused by the deficiencies, the recovery period might last nine to twelve months.

The re-establishment of molting is a promising indicator of healing. Old feathers will be replaced with new ones when the bird’s health improves, and the singing will resume. In many cases, the bird’s body will recycle into another full molt. Because all bodily systems are currently in top shape, this molt will be considerably more forceful. When this molt is finished, the music will begin. If the canaries stay healthy, they will be able to sing for many years.

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