Buy canaries at pet stores, bird shops or through bird breeding businesses. For example, Petco and PetSmart sell canaries. It's important to buy canaries through professional, knowledgeable breeders. Certifications, such as the MAP certified breeding program, can provide assurance when selecting a breeder.
Canaries may be sold in various colors, such as white, yellow and gold-orange. Some require only beginner-level care, and their life spans range from 10 to 25 years.
Look for a bird that is healthy and not moulting, which helps during the transition of moving. These birds are most active during the day and may be most appropriate for children ages 14 and older.