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5 Singing Canary Breeds (With Pictures & Facts)


May 3, 2023
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Who doesn’t love the sound of birds singing? If you’re considering a Canary as a new pet, you’re unlikely to find a more accomplished singer. However, the males are the songbirds, and the female Canaries typically chirp but do not break into song. Although the breed is famous for singing, some species are bred more for appearance than their vocal abilities.

To help you find a musical bird, we’ll discuss five singing Canary breeds below and a little bit about each of them to help you decide which is the best choice to serenade you in the mornings and all day long.


The 5 Singing Canary Breeds

1. American Singer Canary

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Size Up to 5.5 inches
Lifespan 10 to 15 years
Sounds Melodious

The American Singer Canary is the most popular Canary in the United States. They reach up to 5.5 inches and live for 10 to 15 years. They have a melodious song that will put you at ease if you’re stressed. This Canary was created in the 1930s and 1940s by crossing a Border Canary with a German Roller Canary. It has a strong voice due to its heritage and can actually change the timbre of its voice.

Not only does the American Singer Canary have a gorgeous voice, but it is also known for being very robust and healthy. It is an excellent choice for first-time pet owners because the bird is relatively easy to care for.

You can find the American Singer Canary in several colors, including green, buff, yellow, blue, white, brown, bronze, orange, and fawn, to name a few.

2. German Roller Canary

small german roller canary bird pecking for seeds
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Size 4 to 5 inches
Lifespan 12 years
Sounds Vocal, singing, melodic calls

The German Roller Canary is one of the oldest song canaries. They grow to be between 4 and 5 inches long and live for about 12 years if taken care of properly. This colorful little bird goes by the names Hartz, Hartz Mountain, Harzer, or even the Harz Roller.

The German Roller Canary is considered to be the greatest singing Canary there is and is said to beat them all with their melodic calls. If you’re looking for a quieter singing bird, the German Roller might be your best choice.

The Canary sings with its beak closed, and while the song is gorgeous, it’s also quiet and fades into the background instead of overtaking the room.

3. Russian Singer Canary

Size 4.5 to 5 inches
Lifespan 12 years
Sounds Variety of notes, high pitched

The Russian Singer Canary is 4.5 to 5 inches long and has a lifespan of around 12 years in captivity. This Canary is much older than its American cousin and was created from the Harz Roller over 300 years ago.

Even though the Russian Singer Canary has been around a very long time, they are actually the least known breed of the song Canary, though they are starting to gain popularity worldwide now. They have a high-pitched song and mimic birds in the area they are in. They also have a variety of notes and make great pets.

If you’re looking for a bird that will keep you entertained for hours with notes and songs, the Russian Singer is for you.

4. Spanish Timbrado Canary

Size Over 5 inches
Lifespan 15 years or more
Sounds Metallic, bell-like warble

If you’re looking for a Canary that’s not afraid to sing at full volume, you should consider a Spanish Timbrado Canary. It is the loudest Canary of them all, with a metallic-sounding voice. The Spanish Timbrado Canary grows over five inches long and can live for 15 years or more if cared for properly.

The bell-like warble of this species has been said to have 12 distinct notes. It is a relatively new addition to the world of Canaries and first appeared in the early 20th century. The Spanish Timbrado also resembles the wild Canary more than other songbirds on our list.

You can find the Spanish Timbrado in various colors, including cinnamon, green, yellow, white, and mixed variations.

5. Waterslager Canary

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Size 6.5 inches
Lifespan 10 years
Sounds Warbler, water-like, deep

The Waterslager Canary got its name because its song sounds like a babbling brook, which is comforting to think about. This large Canary reaches around 6.5 inches and has an average lifespan of 10 years. They have a deep warbling song that is pleasant to listen to.

They are quiet singers that sing through their beaks. However, they can open their beaks and become louder when they choose to. This breed is often put in competitive singing shows and is said to have a range of low and high notes to choose from. These birds are usually light to deep yellow in color.



There are classifications of Canaries: color Canaries, type canaries, and song Canaries. Although we discussed song Canaries, the other types also make excellent pets. Some of the song Canaries have louder songs than others, while some are quiet but still have gorgeous voices. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or a seasoned expert, you can be sure that these canaries will entertain you with songs for many years to come. With a song Canary, you can have your very own concert all of the time.

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