Red Factor Canary

Red factor canaries (Scientific Name: Serinus canaries) are a color-bred bird, developed by crossing a yellow domestic canary with a red siskin. They are showy and ideal for people who want to flaunt their pet to guests, or even at bird shows. They are an easy pet to keep, although, breeding one is not that easy.

Red Factor Canary Bird

Quick Information

Also known as Red canary
Color Bright orange or red body, white beak
Size 5.5 in (14 cm)
Weight 0.4-1 oz (12-29 g)
Breeding age Less than 1 year old
Breeding season December to April
Clutch size 3-6 eggs
Incubation period 13-14 days
Fledging 17-21 days
Lifespan 10-12 years
Temperament as pets Hardy, gentle, doesn’t like to be handled
Maintenance level Easy to keep
Noise level Low, soothing singing sounds
Talking ability None

Red Factor Canary

Red Factor Canary Baby

As pets

Housing

If you have a single red factor canary go for a cage with a size of around 1.5 ft (45 cm). Canaries do not require toys or other forms of enrichment like parrots do, just one swing will be enough to keep them happy. You could also put in a couple of perches to keep the bird happy.

Temperature

Red factors can be comfortable in temperatures ranging from 60° to 70° Fahrenheit during the day while the nighttime temperature can be 40° Fahrenheit.

Personality

As mentioned earlier, these birds have quite a gentle disposition. They do not like to be handled, however, but with adequate interaction, will grow rather fond of their owners.

Red Factor Canary Images

Red Factor Canaries

Feeding

In order to maintain the bright orange or red plumage, you will have to provide the bird with a specific diet consisting of cherries, berries, carrots, cayenne pepper, paprika, yams, beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and squashes; this is called color-feeding. These foods are especially essential during molting. Provide a cuttlebone to keep up the calcium levels in the body.

Care

Canaries, in general, do not require a lot of care. Red factors, like all canaries, do like to bathe, so offer them a bath every day. Clip the nails now and then.

Health Problems

They have a tendency to susceptibility to mites like scaly mites, air-sac mite, feather and red mites. Canary pox is another serious health condition they contract from mosquitoes, especially in the warmer months. Frequent trips to a veterinarian can keep these potential hazards at bay.

Price

Red factor canaries usually have a price tag between $125 and $150.

Red Factor Canary Pictures

Red Factor Canary Food

Interesting Facts

  • It was in the 1920s that red factor canaries were first bred.
  • This is the only canary with red in its plumage.

Red Factor Canary Singing Video

References:

  1. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/red-factor-canary/
  2. https://www.beautyofbirds.com/redfactorcanaries.html
  3. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/canaries/RedFactorCanary.php
  4. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/canaries/CanaryProfile.htm

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