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Canary

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Canary

 
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Fringillidae
 
Genus: Serinus
 
Species: S. canaria
 
Binomial name
Serinus canaria
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Canary (Serinus canaria) sometimes called the Island Canary, Wild Canary or Atlantic Canary is a small songbird which is a member of the finch family.

This bird is native to Madeira, Azores and the Canary Islands. The bird was named after the Canary Islands, not the other way around; "Canary" is derived from the Latin canaria, "of the dogs", referring to the numerous wild dogs that inhabited the islands.

Its habitat is semi-open areas such as orchards and copses, where it nests in bushes or trees.

The wild bird is 4 to 6 in. long, yellow-green, with streaking on its back. It is larger, longer and less contrasted than its relative the Serin, and has more grey and brown in its plumage.

The song is a silvery twittering like the Goldfinch.

This species is often kept as a pet: see Domestic Canary for details.

References

  • Clement, Harris and Davis, Finches and Sparrows ISBN 0-7136-8017-2

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