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Canary originally referred to the island of Gran Canaria on the west coast of Africa, and the group of surrounding islands (the Canary Islands). It may also refer to:



  • Canaries, birds in the genera Serinus and Crithagra including, among others:
    • Atlantic canary (Serinus canaria), a small wild bird
      • Domestic canary, Serinus canaria domestica, a small pet or aviary bird, also responsible for the "canary yellow" color term
    • Yellow canary (Serinus flaviventris), a small bird


  • Canary damsel (Similiparma lurida), fish of the family Pomacentridae, found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean
  • Canary moray (Gymnothorax bacalladoi), an eel of the family Muraenidae
  • Canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), of the family Sebastidae, found in the northeast Pacific Ocean


Given name[edit]

  • Canary Burton (born 1942), American keyboardist, composer and writer
  • Canary Conn (born 1949), American entertainer and author


  • Bill Canary (fl. 1994), Republican campaign consultant in Alabama, Georgia, U.S.
  • Richard Canary (born in 1962), American mathematician at the University of Michigan
  • David Canary (1938–2015), American actor



In arts, entertainment, media and politics[edit]

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Other uses[edit]

  • Canary, LLC, an oilfield services company
  • Canary melon, a yellow fruit
  • Canary Current, a wind-driven surface current that is part of the North Atlantic Gyre
  • Canary sack, white fortified wine (sack) imported from the Canary Islands
  • Canary wood (disambiguation), a name used to describe wood from a number of tree species
  • Canary yellow, a shade of yellow
  • Warrant canary, a published statement, the removal of which indicates the publisher received a National Security Letter
  • Canary trap, a method for exposing an information leak by giving different versions of a sensitive document to each of several suspects and seeing which version gets leaked

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