Pink Canary

Rick

Mounted on – Piece of 'snake wood' on a solid Bubinga wooden base
Dimensions HxD – 20 x 11 cm / 7.8 x 4.3 inch
Note – This bird died of natural causes in captivity and was mounted by a licensed (award-winning) taxidermist

This Pink Canary, often simply known as the canary, (Serinus canaria forma domestica) is a domesticated form of the wild Canary, a small songbird in the finch family originating from the Macaronesian Islands (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands). Canaries were first bred in captivity in the 17th century. They were brought over by Spanish sailors to Europe.

This bird became expensive and fashionable to breeding in courts of Spanish and English kings. Monks started breeding them and only sold the males (which sing). This kept the birds in short supply and drove the price up. Eventually Italians obtained hens and were able to breed the birds themselves. This made them very popular and resulted in many breeds arising and the birds being bred all over Europe.

The tinier birds are, the more fascinating they become. But only to those who really allow themselves to be fascinated by the 'choices' Mother Nature made. Every little detail, intricate feather structure, amazing blend of colours can be studied and admired from up-close.