Canaries, originated from the Macaronesian Islands (The Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands). Canaries were first bred in captivity in the 17th century. They were introduced over by Spanish sailors to Europe. This bird turned highly-priced and stylish to breed in courts of Spanish and English kings. Also Monks began breeding them and only sold the males (which sing). This maintained the birds in limited supply and forced the price up.
These birds eat a great deal of seeds, but they also require Fruits, vegetables and greens that should account for approximately 20 - 25% of their daily diet also fresh clean water should be accessible at all times.