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Canary

A sublime singing... (other names: Domestic Canary)

Canary
origin:Canary Island, Azores, Madeira
life expectancy:15 years
family:Fringillidae
dimensions:10 to 20 cm
compatibility: goodsinging ability: excellentloudiness: very loud
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History [ edit ]

Canaries were discovered by Spanish sailors in the fifteenth century during the exploration journeys to find new lands. Later, fascinated by their singing, they brought some canaries home with them and made them house pets.
During the Victorian period, canaries grew in popularity and good taste dictated every house should have one.

Soon, the canary was saving the life of miners that used them as warning signals for methane or carbon monoxide. Many miners died by breathing these poisonous gases. Then they realized that due to the Canaries high metabolism these could be used as an alert for the presence of poisonous gases. The miners started to take canaries to the mines and when they stopped singing or when they died, they knew their lives were in danger and they would return to the surface. 
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