Fife Canary


The Fife fancy canary (also called the Fife canary) is a lively, delightful canary that is popular because it is so easy to keep. The Fife canary is a type canary, bred for its physical appearance rather than for its color or song. It is a smaller version of the border canary and is available in a wide variety of colors including white, yellow, buff, blue, cinnamon, green and variegations of these colors. The Fife canary was developed in the 1950s by Scottish breeders.

Fife canaries are a good choice even for new bird owners because they tend to be hardy and not prone to disease. The male has a very pleasasnt song and Fife Canaries tend to be ready breeders who also take good care of their young. Despite its small size, the Fife canary is full of energy and personality and is very endearing.

Behavior / Health Concerns

The Fife canary does well in either cages or aviaries. It is on the timid side and should not be housed together with parakeets, lovebirds or other parrots that tend to be more aggressive. Additionally, males can be territorial and should be kept separately. 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.

Expert Advice

“Fife canaries were selectively bred by using small border canaries no more than 4 1/2 inches. They were named Fife fancy by one of the creators, Walter Lumsden, who lived in the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland.”

— Mandy Currie, Singing Wings Aviary

Breed Details

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