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"Its' eyes show sadness."
— Description for the Canary Chick.

The CanaryChick (or Canary Chick) is a key item and character in EarthBound Beginnings and its remake. This young infant canary, with its' forlorn look (according to the chick's description), plays a special role as it is a key to the second of the Eight Melodies since its mother, Laura, knows the tune.

Main History[]

Before the events of EarthBound Beginnings, for some unknown reason, Laura had been separated from her child, therefore rendering her sad and unable to sing, making the other canaries fall silent too.

When Ninten arrives in the Canary Village without the chick on hand, no canary will talk, and a man within the village explains why. Then, Ninten goes off to find the Chick at the store in the last floor of Podunk's Department Store. The chick costs $85, but if Ninten says that he want the chick, but refuses to pay, the clerk will simply give the chick away for free. Ninten can sell it for 1/2 ($42) of the $85 he bought it for.

With the chick in hand, Ninten may trek onwards to Canary Village and return the chick to Laura. She's outside the Canary Village, on an area that can only be acessed by walking behind a white structure in the Village. Upon reuniting the family once again, Laura's sorrow and muteness will dissipate and she will sing the second of the Eight Melodies to Ninten out of gratitude. Also, the other canaries will talk to Ninten.


  • As mentioned above, it is unknown how the chick and Laura were separated. Because it is an infant, it may not be capable of walking, so wandering off does not appear to be the answer, though it could happen.
  • The successor to the Canary Chick, being both alive and a key item, is said to be the Rope Snake from Mother 3. They are both living things and items that are a necessity in order to progress through the game.
    • However, there are some differences. The Canary Chick is able to be sold away and does not talk whereas the Rope Snake is able to talk but cannot be sold away.