My Canary Won't Sing: What Could Be Wrong?

Canaries are typically known for their beautiful songs and warbles. Many people select these animal companions specifically for their lovely music. But what if your canary won't sing? The following are several reasons why your pet's singing may have ended (or not even started at all):

  • Your "him" is actually a "her". Female canaries can learn to mimic some of the songs of male canaries, but are actually physically incapable of singing any of the long warbles that male canaries are known for. Unfortunately, it is easy to mistake a female canary for a male, and this mistake is quite common. So, the best thing to do when purchasing a canary from a store or a breeder is to get a "song guarantee" that states the seller guarantees your bird will sing.
  • Your bird is just a hatchling. Canaries will not warble until they have reached maturity, which is around nine months after they hatch. If your bird is still a hatchling, you may have to wait a few more months before he starts to sing for you.
  • Your bird is molting. Molting is hard work, and takes a lot of energy. Canaries usually molt once a year and generally stop singing during the molting process.
  • Your bird is ill. A sick bird won't sing. If you suspect your animal companion is under the weather, take him to a qualified avian veterinarian.
  • Your bird is unhappy. It was once believed that keeping your bird in a small cage would make him sing more, and yes, this may cause him to sing more at first, but then the songs will end.  Maintaining an appropriately sized home for your canary will give them enough room to play and exercise in their cages, keeping them jovial and entertained. 

For more information on keeping your canary happy, healthy, and singing happily, contact our professional staff at United Pet Group. We are happy to help you and your animal companion!