sexta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2013



The canary (Serinus canaria), or canary of the kingdom, or, popularly, canary is a small songbird, Finch family member. This bird is native of the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Its name comes from the latter, and the name of the islands comes from the word in canaria Latin meaning "dogs" since the Romans found there many wild dogs. The canary-of-realm name was given as opposed to the canary-of-the-earth, for the canaries were taken by pirates and browsers as gifts to European kings.

It is a bird with a total length of 12.5 centimeters and with a wing 71 mm in length. Its plumage is generally bluish bottom with light colored belly.
Females have a similar color, but more gray and less bright.

Mating takes place between March and June depending on weather conditions and the position is four to five eggs that have a period of 15 days incubation. The nest placed generally to between 4 and 6 meters from the ground between the branches of laurel, pine and gorse large arboreal, is made from vegetable fibers, herbs and cistus sheets. Appears often carpeted porlíquenes, hair and feathers. The male does not help in the incubation but when juveniles are born is asked to look for food. Juveniles with three weeks of age are already able to fly while still remaining a certain time in maternal protection.


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