German Roller

The Roller appears to have originated from Miners who migrated to Germany after the mines in the Tyrolian Mountains ran out. It was around 1850 that the families in Hearts Mountain Region developed the Roller song as we know it. The song has since been refined to what we have today.

The song of the Roller Canary is divided into a total of thirteen song passages. Those song passages have been named according to the sounds recognized by the human ear. Five of the song passages are called "Rolls" and other eight are called "Tours". The names given to the various songs (which denote the German influence) are as follows: 1. Rolls- Glucke,Hollow,Knorr, or Bass and Water. 2. Tours- Bell,Hollow Bell, Deep Bubbling Water, Flute, Glucke,Water Glucke, Schockel.

The Rollers became known as the opera singers of the bird world and acclaimed as the best singers in all of Europe. The beautiful varied song of the Roller Canary is challenging and fascinating to study. Several years of serious study are necessary to be able to identify many notes and faults.

The Roller has a soft song and can not normally be heard outside of the room in which he is housed. The Roller's song is sung with a closed beak. To be a successful contestant with Roller Canaries, the breeder must be able to differentiate between musical notes and tones. So if you are tone deaf, you may want to consider owning another bird.