Here are the types of canaries we breed! By Muzaffar Naeemi
We have cut way back on the birds this year (2004) and are only breeding Common canaries. We are crossing our verigated, yellows and reds to get some interesting offspring! I'm hoping to pick up some other unusual varieties that are not sold locally. We'll be watching the bird shows!
American Singers are bred to be the perfect pet bird and are the most popular. They were originally bred for their song and can be very brightly colored - yellow, white, orange, brown, bronze, fawn, buff, green, or variegated. They are 2/3 Roller canary (which has a soft beautiful song) and 1/3 Border canary (which has a loud "choppy" song) combined to give a beautiful song with plenty of variety at the perfect volume. And since it is a hybrid, it is very hardy and prolific.
American singers are naturally bright yellow and are not color fed birds.
Here's a breeding pair of our intensive yellow American Singers!
The bright yellow color is the most common colored canary.
Red German Rollers are often called 'Red Factors' and are actually a cross between a Black Hooded Siskin and a German Roller Canary. These birds must be fed a red pigment to keep their red color. I use Roxanthin mixed in the drinking water. The red pigment is needed since the Siskin is the bird that gives the red color. The natural diet of the Siskin consists of crustaceans that are high in red colorings. This is natural for the bird and without its natural diet it's red color fades, like the pink flamingos which need a special diet rich in natural pigments. Without this diet the pink flamingo quickly loses its color. The Siskin is now an endangered bird. Some people cross these bright red canaries with others to get a washed out red factor. In fact I've seen yellow canaries sell as red factors! If you cross breed PLEASE don't sell the young as red factors! Also, many people feed color food to yellow or white canaries and this turns them light red (they won't turn a bright intense red like the red factors). These birds are NOT red factors! To determine if you have a true red factor canary, breed a red male with a red female and don't color feed (one) of the young. If the baby stays yellow you don't have red factors! If it turns an orange color like a flamingo you have red factors! Just remember, the red factor is only half canary (but looks and sings just like a canary). Red factors can come in all types. Before you buy a red factor you should know what type of canary it was crossed with. Is it a red factor fife, red factor border, or red factor roller? In my opinion, to simply buy a 'red factor' whithout knowing what type of canary the original siskin was bred with is like buying a common canary. So all you breeders out there, try to keep you lines pure and only breed red German Rollers with red German Rollers!
Here are some red German Rollers that have not been color fed. Notice that they are still orange! The bird on the left has not been color fed at all since he was born last year. The one on the right was a female frost and the color feeding was stopped last year. It only takes one good moult to have a bird lose all its color.
Here's a pair of the same red German Rollers that have been color fed. With the proper color food they will turn a bright red! Color feeding can be messy and the color food can be difficult to find. Also, to color feed you have to separate all your reds from your yellows or you will end up with red in your yellow birds!
Common Canaries We have been breeding a few common canaries. Common canaries are a mix of different types of canaries and the resulting mix is often unexpected in song and color. Often times commons are more desirable in song than pure type canaries.
This 'common' canary looks very similar to a green American Singer. The song is very beautiful. It sings like a cross between an American Singer and a Waterslager and is about half the volume of an American Singer.
Here's another common canary that is from a different line. This one sings louder, just like the American Singer. I believe that this one has a bit of red factor in it since it has some orange feathers. This is one of our strongest birds and flys the fastest!
Here's the back of the same birds. The coloration seems to be a bit of a lizzard pattern like the lizzard canary. Although not as bright and colorful as the other birds we sell, I believe the song of this bird is better than all the others we have.
White Spanish Timbrados are beautiful, bright white canaries. The recessive whites are pure white with not even a single spot of black and have the look of a white dove. I've heard that there isn't a lethal gene in the recessive white Spanish Timbrados and you can breed white x white (unlike the white Waterslagers that carry a lethal gene and must be crossed with a yellow). It is a very striking, beautiful, unusual canary. We are currently looking to buy some of these bright white birds. If you know of anyone who has some clear (recessive) white Spanish Timbrados for sale please let us know!