The Spanish timbrado canary, the newest breed of song canaries, was developed in the 1940s and 1950s. It is the result of crossing the wild canary with the song bird of Spain. The bird's 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. These birds are enjoyed for their companionship, as well as for their song.
Although the Spanish timbrado canary is a song canary, it is also bred for its appearance, which can vary widely. It is compact and robust, with a wide chest and very short feet. Its feathers are tight and the tail is v-shaped, but not too long. Its coloring is often closer to that of the wild canary, being greenish, but it is also found in yellow, white, cinnamon and variegated. The song of the Spanish timbrado canary consists of 12 notes, which are loud, metallic, bright and harmonious.
The Spanish timbrado canary does well in either cages or aviaries. They are on the timid side and should not be housed together with parakeets, lovebirds or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive. Additionally, males can be territorial and should be kept separately. They like to bathe daily and should be given water to do so. Their environment should not be wet, cool or drafty, and if they are given space to sunbathe, they should also have a shaded area to protect from too much sun. Keep perches clean to avoid any foot problems.