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Observed: 25th November 2010 By: beatles_beetles
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I live in an urban built-up area so was surprised to see this yellow bird in my garden (bird has ring on its leg). Thanks, Tim

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beatles_beetles's picture

Yellow Bird

I live in an urban built-up area so was surprised to see this yellow bird in my garden (bird has ring on its leg). Thanks, Tim

anonymous spotter's picture

I wondered if it was a canary hybrid -

these used to be very popular, and are still bred. It it perhaps a bit brown for a pure-bred bird?

RoyW's picture

Without human interference they are quite brown.

The bright yellow birds that most people think of as being Canaries are domestic breeds.
Wild type Canaries can be very brown (especially when immature). This one looks like a fairly typical domestic Canary to me.

Some photos of wild, and similar domestic, Canaries here:
http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=search&sp=161007&rty=0&...

beatles_beetles's picture

When you say its wild do you

When you say its wild do you think its breeding out there with other Canary's or will it die off in the winter or will other birds mob it and kill it?

RoyW's picture

Just the plumage.

By 'wild type' I'm referring only to the plumage, and meant that the plumage of wild Canaries (on the Canary Islands) is generally brownish, not the bright yellow colour we see on many in cages,
This one has escaped from a cage, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't survive "outside". Many escaped cage bird end up being taken by predators, or struggle to find food, but some manage to survive just as well as other birds (particularly if they find welll stocked feeding stations).