An excellent book for those new to canaries AND those who have experience with canary breeding. I would suggest reading it before you buy your first canary, as it fully covers such important information as how to choose your canary, what type of cage to buy, and the feeding and care (proper environment, lighting, seasonal changes, handling, etc.) of your canary. For those wanting more than just one pet canary, Robirda includes a great discussion of canary breeding, chick development, special foods for hatchlings, fledged chicks, and moulting birds (her own easy recipes and seed mix recommendations). Robirda's clear and friendly presentation make for an easy read, with photos to illustrate key points. (Photos are b/w but that's what makes the book so affordable!) With Robirda's guidance, we are breeding healthy, happy, and long-lived canaries. This is the canary book we refer to most often. We recommend it very highly.