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Bird Song Competitions

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Keeping songbirds is a big tradition down in the south of Thailand. Once you've got your song bird, and you start showing off how good its singing is, well one thing leads to another and you quickly end up with large songbird competitions.

The birds get to sing their hearts out, and the owners get to crow about how good their birds are. Catch the video after the break to see how confusing it all is.

The birds are in rows, the judges listen carefully for 20 seconds while the owners make noises on the sidelines to encourage their birds to sing. After each round, the judges step forward and mark the card. A cross means the bird did not sing. How they can tell with all the noise! They're listening at a distance to songbirds singing among hundreds of other song birds.

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