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