Domestic canaries are popular primarily for their wonderful singing. Trained birds are capable of delivering virtuoso passages, striking with their range. As a rule, only males - kenars, have such abilities, while females try their voice extremely rarely and do not achieve significant success in vocals. If you want to settle a winged singer in a living corner or start breeding birds, it is important to accurately determine the sex of the pet.
Try to hear the song of the young kenar, as vocal abilities are considered to be his main gender difference. However, you should wait until the chick is more than six months old. By the age of 4 months, these birds end their juvenile molt, and they are gaining strength. Babies (both males and females) can emit timid trills, therefore it is extremely difficult to accurately determine their gender. In addition, some cockerels begin to sing in full voice only by the year.
Watch the matured birds. Kenar always shows a greater interest in singing, each time he "plays" louder and diversifies the repertoire. Notice how much his throat puffs out. In rare cases, a chicken can master singing, but its roulades are not distinguished by their beauty and wealth. The neck of the female does not swell; more familiar sounds for her - squeak, whistle and coo.
Try to distinguish a canary from a female canary by appearance. Usually the tail of "girls" is slightly shorter. Gently flip the bird upside down and blow on the feathers in the lower abdomen. In female birds, the cloaca looks flat; in "boys" it is convex and has the shape of a small cylinder. If you hold the cock under the tail, he will actively resist; the chicken will "shyly" curl its paws. However, the described method for determining the sex of a canary does not give a 100% guarantee.
If an exquisite song helps to identify a canary, then a female canary is her first egg. In the second half of March, prepare a nest box or go birdwatching at the breeder. The birds (among which there are supposedly pairs) should fly freely around the room or in the aviary. An important condition for a normal "marriage" is the age of the birds from 11-18 months to 4 years and good health.
Before the start of the breeding season, you will see that the behavior of pets has changed dramatically - they begin to show anxiety, quickly rush after each other. If a pair is formed, the male will begin to feed his girlfriend, and she will obediently open her beak. The "bride" makes calls and often crouches on the perch.
After a successful "wedding", the future hen will definitely show herself - she begins to collect material for the nest and sit down; a receding hairline with pronounced blood vessels appears on her abdomen - a hen spot. Finally, after about a week, you can find the first egg in the cage.