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Spanish Timbrado Canary

Family: Fringillidae Picture of a Spanish Timbrado (Blue) CanarySpanish Timbrado (Blue)Serinus canariaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Denise Taormina
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i want to buy a timbrado canary but i do not know how much each one and how can i order it  phuoc huynh

   The lovely Spanish Timbrado not only has wonderful elaborate songs but comes in a variety of beautiful colorations as well!

   The Spanish Timbrado Canary is the newest breed of song canary, developed in Spain in the 1940's and 1950's. It is also considered to be the purest domestic form of canary. Being closest genetically to the original wild canary as it was developed by crossing the wild canary with the song bird of Spain. This combination resulted in a bird with a very unique song. The name, like its song, suggests the chattering of Spanish castanets, Although loud, their songs are not grating or harsh. They consist of many quick successions and combinations of notes. A good Spanish Timbrado has a bright cheery song and is very pleasant to listen.

   This bird can make a wonderful companion to be enjoyed for its song as well as its beautiful appearance. They are developed with all sorts of colors along with a variety of clear, metallic tones to their songs. They are steadily growing in popularity.

   The Spanish Timbrado is classed as one of several well known "song canaries", bred for song rather than physical appearance or color. Shows for these birds are of a different nature than shows for other canary types. Basically being entered into singing contests these canaries are bred with the goal of achieving winners with the best balance between quality and variety of song. Each breed has a distinctive song and a well-defined song standard. Some of the other well know song canaries include: the Roller Canary, the American Singer Canary, the Russian Singer Canary, and the Waterslager Canary.

For more information about the care of Canaries see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Canary


Geographic Distribution
Serinus canaria
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Actiniform
  • Class: Elasmobranchii
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Genus: Serinus
  • Species: canaria

Scientific Name:Serinus canaria domesticus

Distribution:    One of the newest breeds, the Spanish Timbrado Canary began to be bred by an organized breeders' association in the 1940's and 1950's in Spain. Being bred for a very loud very clear metallic sound with bell tones, the most common meaning of the name 'timbrado' is the ringing of an old-fashioned doorbell. The first rules of standard for this bird were established in about 1963, but have been updated at least three times since then.

Description:    Though the Spanish Timbrado Canary is classified as a "song canary", it is also bred for appearance which can vary widely depending on where an individual bird is from.   Most Timbrados will reach a length of just over 5 inches (12.7 cm). As they are judged in shows for their appearance as well as their song, they need to be compact and robust looking, the chest must be wide, and the feet very short. The feathers need to be tight and the tail v-shaped but not too long.
  Their coloring is often closer to that of the wild canary, being greenish, but they are also found in yellow, white, cinnamon, and variegated. There can be no frilling or red coloring in its plumage.

   The song of this canary is most important. The song of the Spanish Timbrado Canary consists of twelve notes. They must be loud, metallic, bright, and harmonious. Negatives in the song are screeches, strained sounds, and nasal sounds. Standards for three types of songs have been established; the original known as 'Classical' line, the 'Floreado line', and the 'Intermediate' line which falls between the other two.
   Canaries of both sexes can begin to sing a weak song as early as four weeks, but females usually don't sing after about six months and won't have the full long song of a male.

Picture of a Spanish Timbrado CanarySpanish Timbrado Canary Photo © Animal-World:
Courtesy Denise Taormina

Care and feeding:    Canaries like wide open spaces so provide a roomy cage. Provide a cage with vertical bars and small perches of different size for foot exercise. Have at least 1 perch set high in the cage for the canary to roost (sleep). The cage should be placed high, so the canary can look down on us so to speak.
   Canaries eat mainly canary seed and rape seed. Vitamin coated canary seed mixes are readily available at a pet store. Greens are also enjoyed and can be offered daily along with a little calcium in the form of a cuttlebone.
   They do like to bath, so should be offered a bird bath. Cage cleaning and toe nail trimming is about all the maintenance canaries need.
   See About Canaries: Housing and About Canaries: Care and Feeding for more information.

Social Behaviors:    Canaries are good-natured social creatures that do well when kept in cages or in aviaries. They are timid birds though and should not be housed with parakeets, lovebirds, or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive birds by nature.
   Male canaries should be kept in a cage by themselves to ensure quality singing. Males can be territorial and pairing up with two male canaries in a cage can cause fights. In a spacious aviary canaries can generally be housed with other canaries, finches, and other hardbills.

Activities:
   Canaries do not require toys, mirrors or any other form of entertainment, a swing is all they need to keep themselves occupied. Most of the time, canaries are simply enjoyed for their beauty and singing. However, some canaries are allowed out of their cage to perch or are show canaries and therefore require taming or training.
   For singing contests the Spanish Timbrado Canary requires training. They are trained to sing well defined song segments called 'tours, and Timbrados can be taught to sing on cue. They can be trained either from listening to another perfect adult singer or from a recording. As they are also quite adept at mimicry, If they develop any faults in the song they must immediately be removed from any other birds being trained.
   See About Canaries: Handling/Training for information on taming and training.

Breeding/Reproduction:    The Spanish Timbrado Canary is generally easy to breed. Most canaries breed easily and readily if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning. Breeding season for most canaries is usually from December to April. They are best bred in breeding cages.They lay their eggs in a nest. The female will lay 3 to 6 eggs, one per day. It is best to allow a hen to have only two clutches.
   See About Canaries: Breeding/Reproduction for more information on breeding.

Potential Problems:    These birds are hardy and healthy if provided with a good environment and a good diet. Avoid an environment that is wet, cool, and drafty.
   See About Canaries: Potential Problems for information on health.

Availability:    Spanish Timbrado Canaries are most often available through breeders, but may also occasionally be found through bird shows, bird clubs, and on the internet.

Authors: Clarice Brough, CAS
Additional Information By: Denise Taormina
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phuoc huynh - 2015-06-22
i want to buy a timbrado canary but i do not know how much each one and how can i order it

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Charm Cummings - 2011-10-03
I have a one year old yellowish-green timbrado.He is testing out his voice but I have noticed,when I play canaries singing fron youtube, he has started to sing more and stronger too. I give him mixed seeds and clean water daily,also a treat everyday. For example a grape, a cooked egg, or lettuce. Got a question,are these treats good for him to eat?

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Cooked egg, scrambled egg (and you can leave the chell in as calcium) - anything that you eat that is nutricious he can have except avocado - and chocolate (sorry about that). Iceberg lettuce doesn't provide any nutition so go for the endive or kale and green kleafy vegetables. Those things aren't treats - maybe a grape is but one is fine. Piece of apple, chicken, brocoli - those are good foods. They are good for him - Just light on the fruit cuz diarrhea.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Forgot the other part. There are bird singing DVD's and actual movies of birds singing. I use the movies and the birds seem to sing back or talk back keep rhythm etc. There might be actually canaries singing on a DVD (wrong word) that you can play for them. They will lie it.
  • amir sakr - 2014-09-15
    These treats are good. But not too much eggs (eggs make them fat) Maybe half one per week. More vegies like brocoli. No lettuce or cucumber as they make diarreha. Apple is amazing.
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rachid - 2015-06-19
hi i live in london and would like to buy a timbrado canary can u help me please and many thanks

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edward horeowitz - 2015-05-14
I am a hoobiest and by sheer accident i hgot a female for a freind and it looked at time of purchase to be male , so now an animal lover i am breeding and trying for a type timambrado and red facters now and of course i have a pair of pure yello as they are a a child a canary was and its easy for me to afford the birds as i am home bound and ,made it my hobby i maintain 4 breeding pairs and as the y produce i take the desired canaries for me to keep and the local pet shops mostly bird sellers only and they sa mine are perfect, tey are indoor i need a hemp air cleaer and i am mostley vegateriz and ythey love my food o also buy any dried flowers seeds etc i have read a and made a food that promotes vigor and etc,iam aemic and have ulcerative coliti,speny sept hopitalizedand i hjad triple bypass and suffered an osteomialitis inmy heart wich led to the rest of the problems, Somi feeed small amounts all day make allmy feed natural except seed i buy the best available knowing i am suplamenting with all the extras. i grind eggshells for calcium and cuttle bone i get on beach and also so far al ahs been smothand birds have started to be my type i like the larger nore defined head and longer tail when adult, i only breed gteat singers and even have a few female sing its good a sweet soft song, i am a bit nerotic and love it was a top american horse trainerin united states andknow wich vitamines do what ad show dogs and parrots so this comes natural to me u like some breeders i am selective skip inbetween pairing ny females and i dont band as to me a bird thry should be open but its not yet posed any problems , my hopes are safe good loving homes and i will buy back any bird should they need to move or etc. where shouldi adverstise and the correct pricing and not be a breeder with liwscence and wnt to sell to homes or show birds as well as some of my stock as show birds who are not winners are great as they have had a great start and i also get history i have a canatry from a spanish family who brought his birds here from the canary islands and he shows with great wins ii have a red male whose brother was champion at the bird show in miami and was sold to a japanese show and breeder, help me advertise and fing the homes and its a hobby as i am always lookint o move up my stock and define colors and better singeres, any suggestions i live in boca raton fla, and throughmy first year and help from a breeder who sells to tio other breeders has taught me alot and me with care nutrition for me and all my animals these are the best i can develop

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phuoc huynh - 2015-06-22
i want to buy a timbrado canary but i do not know how much each one and how can i order it

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rachid - 2015-06-19
hi i live in london and would like to buy a timbrado canary can u help me please and many thanks

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Anonymous - 2012-09-03
Available any couple timbrado canary for sale in emirates if ok put your mobile number

  • Mohammad Mohtadi - 2012-10-23
    I live in the United Arab Emirates and i am looking for a Blue Timbrado preferable Female. Also Recessive Green Males. This is urgent and my phone number is 050-3872028
  • FRANK G - 2012-12-09
    Hi, I would like to buy 4 to 5 pairs of timbrados .4169086416
  • moath - 2012-12-25
    I would like to buy 2 male tembrado with good singer
  • edie ronald - 2013-08-29
    Number one for spanis timbrado.
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Mohammad Mohtadi - 2012-10-23
I live in the United Arab Emirates and i am looking for a Blue Timbrado preferable Female. Also Recessive Green Males. This is urgent and my phone number is 050-3872028

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