Crested Canary


The crested canary is a “type canary,” meaning it is bred for its physical characteristics (particularly its crest) rather than its color or song. It is one of several canary varieties with a tuft of feathers around the top of its head. Others include the Gloster canary, the crested Stafford canary, the crested Norwich canary and the crested Lancashire canary. The crested canary was developed in the 1800s and is one of the oldest varieties of canaries. The crested canary comes in two varieties: crested and smooth (plain) headed. Their coloring can be yellow, white, brown, grey and green.

The crested canary, originally called the turncoat, is a social, easy-going bird that enjoys singing and being active. This bird has a broad deep body, a short stout neck, and a lot more feathers than many other types of canaries. Crested canaries are relatively hardy and do well with ample room in a cage or aviary.

Behavior / Health Concerns

The crested canary does well in either cages or aviaries. They are on the timid side and should not be housed together with parakeets, lovebirds or other parrots that tend to be more aggressive. Males should be kept separately to ensure quality singing. They like to bathe daily and should be given water to do so. Their environment should not be wet, cool or drafty, and if they are given space to sunbathe, they should also have a shaded area to protect from too much sun. Keep perches clean to avoid any foot problems.

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Breed Details

Native Region:
4.5 inches
Life Expectancy:
Up to 10 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Canaries are kept for their singing ability and antics.