Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Canary. A popular song bird of the finch family. It has been domesticated for over three hundred years. There are many varieties, and in Great Britain an intense interest is displayed in the frequent canary shows. The bird usually possesses remarkable qualities as a songster. Practically all the caged varieties are of a yellow plumage, though in the native state they are of a dull greenish color. It is generally used as a house bird in the United States.