Remembering Charlie.

It’s been one year since Charlie died.


This blog is dedicated to helping improve the lives of ‘insignificant’ birds like him (and I know I haven’t been blogging lately; for that I apologise). You see, our Charlie was a very special canary. He was cheeky, clever, and friendly in his own independent way. No, he was not tame, and no, that did not matter. Thanks to him, I know now that canaries deserve far more than most websites and other sources allude to.

They deserve big cages.

They deserve good, fresh food, and shiny new toys.

They deserve your love and companionship, even when most people will assure you that they are solitary birds.

That may be common sense, true, but I don’t see it happening often enough. We know to give parrots these things, so why not our finches too?

We still miss Charlie bird every day. And I am missing the rest of my flock also – unfortunately there are no updates in that department. The other birds will still be joining me when they can, but that could yet be awhile.

In the meantime, here’s to Charlie! (The best canary ever… Except for Pip, of course.)






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  1. That is the sweetest photo. We miss each of our passed away friends as well, every single day. I understand this. Lovely of you to honor Charlie this way.


  2. ❤

    I had two male canaries and they used to fight ALL the time so I had to seperate them they seemed to prefer separate cages that were next to each other rather than one big cage together.

    I was wondering is the fighting issue solved if say they are kept in a large aviary? Plus do females fight?

    I want to rescue canaries/budgies and trying to work out suitable accommodations to make them extra happy!


    1. Aww, yeah, male canaries are bred to be very territorial! That’s what makes them sing, apparently. I contacted the owner of when we first got our birds (they were in the same cage and felt the same way as yours!), actually, and apparently a pair of males will even assume a male/female role, where the less aggressive of the two will basically become subservient. They really prefer to be kept singly.

      The owner also mentioned that you CAN have a flight run for your birds, but said that you’ll need separate cages for at least part of each year. I imagine even in a very large aviary this would remain an issue. I’ve heard that males and females will fight even if paired off? Perhaps single male/female pairs could be kept in a very large aviary, so long as there’s no nest box or nesting material to be had – but I’m not sure.

      It would be amazing if you did rescue with small birds! I know budgies do well in flocks, but they have to be socialised and introduced, like any parrot. And they will definitely fight amongst themselves. Having been to the Island Parrot Sanctuary (which is completely cage-free for the parrots and other birds there), I can say that small birds are highly territorial. Even though dominance doesn’t apply to flocks, the small birds do have a certain control of the bigger ones! That’s why there aren’t very many small birds at the IPS. They are just too territorial.

      Aviary living is the best way to go for any bird! It definitely made my day to hear about your ideas for rescue (and apologies for being so belated; I’ve been neglecting my blogging a bit too much, sadly). Thanks for commenting!


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