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Saint Andreasberg Roller canaries

St. Andreasberg Roller canaries are bred in the world-renowned town of St. Andreasberg, Germany. This is a small place located on the very summit of the Hartz Mountains and is a pleasure resort in summer for people suffering from lung and throat troubles, as the air is particularly pure and bracing. This seems to have a wonderful effect on the tone of the canary, and it is here that the best canary breeders in the world are located.

Bird education is carried on to a degree that can scarcely be understood by ordinary breeders. The young birds are taken from their nests before they have an opportunity to hear or acquire any of the canary song, and their naturally clear toned voices are trained by listening to the notes of larks, nightingales and also to the bird organ which is a small instrument employed to train their voices in the breeding room. There are also in this breeding room various mechanical devices which produce long trills, water bubbles, flute and bell notes and other pleasing sounds which the birds imitate and thereafter form a part of their song.

Many of the birds are found to have voices which are not sufficiently pure and soft to be capable of high training and they are discarded from the training room. There is another class of breeders who train their birds almost entirely from other canaries; these have spent three or four seasons in the training room and are what are called Campanini Canaries. Some breeders think that canaries will learn better from these trainers of their own species and more quickly learn to imitate the choicest notes. It is therefore often difficult to obtain these instructors, no matter what price you offer for them, as not more than one bird in a hundred proves to be of sufficient high qualities to be classed under this heading.

The St. Andreasberg Roller Canary, as it is sometimes called, because of its rolling notes, can sometimes be taught to whistle a tune, mostly such birds are very expensive. The St. Andreasberg Canary is an ideal bird for people, their voice being particularly soft and restful, and they are frequently purchased for presents to sick friends. These birds are sometimes inferior in color to the ordinary Hartz Mountain Canary, and average a trifle smaller in size, but the voice is not to be compared.

The Campanini, as has been before mentioned, is superior to the St. Andreasberg. It is bred in the same room, handled and trained in the same way. The voice usually ranges over several octaves, every note being pure, soft, sweet and musical.