As the name suggests, canaries originate from the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa and are a member of the finch family. The most popular varieties are Borders, Yorkshires, Glosters, Rollers, Norwich and Red Factors. They are very colourful birds ranging from yellow, green, brown and red to various pastel shades. Male canaries (cocks) have the better singing voice than the females (hens). There is no easy way to tell the sex of a canary, so it is best to ask advice before you buy. Canaries can live for up to ten years if they are properly cared for. Canaries are great pets for beginners, as they are easy to look after and they will not require too much of your time and attention. It may take your canary a few weeks to get used to their new surroundings and break out in song as their song can be affected by a change in surroundings.