The Russian Canary
Development of the Russian canary began about 300 years ago when canary
breeders in Tyrol, Germany
introduced their canary to Russia in the
Russians took an immediate liking to the song bird and eventually developed
Russian Canaries...or Russian Singers.
Prior to being introduced to the "German Tyrol Canary", Russians kept
native song birds in cages...
Wild birds like Siskin, Woodlarks, Buntings, Linnets, Tits, Warblers, and
Goldfinches were kept and enjoyed for...
Their Beautiful Natural Song.
Breeders immediately realized--and were overjoyed--that the canaries were
mimicking the songs of the local wild birds. The song of the Bunting was
used more than any other to train the canaries to sing and the Russian canary
became known as the...
Wanting to tone down the brash LOUDNESS of the new Bunting Tuners,
Russian breeders began to breed their canary birds for softer singing...
Organs, flutes, pipes, and bells were added as training devices and the...
Russian Canary was born.
In the early 1900's canary song contests were organized and the areas of
Pavlovo-on-Oka, Nizhniy Novgorod, and Petersburg became hot beds of
breeding and showing for the Russian Singer Canary.
Russian Singers today are prized for their vibrant health and wonderful "natural sounding" songs
developed over the past 300 years by mimicking the natural birds of
These canaries are not numerous yet in America but they are gaining in
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