to History Of Canaries
All the different types of canary that
we know today are descended from the wild canary (Serinus
canarius). Wild Canaries, like the one pictured below,
continue to live in the
Canary Islands and in the Southwest of Spain.
While today's canaries display a wide
range of colors as a result of careful and selective breeding
the Wild Canary is
primarily green. The wild canary hen (female) is rounder than
her male counterpart. This is the result of greater edging to
the hen's feathers which makes her appear to be rounder. The
male's color appears brighter, especially around his face. The
most distinct difference between them are the striations or
flanks. The male appears to be almost completely void of this
distinction, while the hen's flanks are clear and distinct.