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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 (Crithagra 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


  • 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


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  • Canary release, a deployment cycle used by software developers to gradually roll out new features to a limited number of users
  • HTC Canary, the first smartphone to run Windows Mobile, released in November 2002
  • Canary value, buffer overflow protection method in computer programming

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