We built a fairly large bird habitat and have had great success with a wide variety of finches and thought we would add a canary to the mix. Approximately 1 week ago we introduced one canary. It did very well- followed the other finches and made a soft, short chirping sound- no song. We listened to female canary "songs" on various sites and it seemed that it was indeed a female. We then went to an actual breeder and got a known male canary (Spanish Timbrado Blue) and introduced him last night. Immediately the original canary (brown/yellow) started hopping after him everywhere he went. He did not reciprocate the attention of the original one. Both were silent and they slept side-by-side. This morning the blue male was singing and the original one was occasionally chirping, however now they are taking turns following each other around the enclosure- not openly fighting, but touching beaks while eating and sometimes opening their beaks. There is no mounting but they are whetting their beaks. We're now monitoring them closely and wondering if the original one is indeed a female or maybe a male with a short, weak song? I think by the end of today we will probably separate them- but any suggestions?
Shame on us for impulse buying and not going to the regular breeder.