The Red Factor Canary is named after its colorful plumage, and is a “color canary,” bred for the novelty of its color rather than for its song. First bred in the 1920s, it is the only color canary with an element of red in its plumage. It was developed as a cross between another type of finch, the now endangered Venezuelan Red Siskin, and a yellow domestic canary. Because these canaries are bred for showing, many versions exist. These birds’ body-types appear to be just like other canaries, but with a special trait — the breeder can influence the color of a bird.