Birds sing and Thailand has contests too

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Every year Thailand holds one of its biggest bird-singing contests, which takes place in the southern province of Narathiwat. A man hoists a cage with a zebra dove during the contest in Thailand's Narathiwat on September 20, 2016. (AFP)

Every year Thailand holds one of its biggest bird-singing contests, which takes place in the southern province of Narathiwat. A man hoists a cage with a zebra dove during the contest in Thailand's Narathiwat on September 20, 2016. (AFP)

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People sit and watch birds hoisted on poled in their cages during a bird-singing contest. (AFP)

People sit and watch birds hoisted on poled in their cages during a bird-singing contest. (AFP)

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The birds are put in ornate bamboo cages which are covered with bright, coloured fabric. A man hoists a cage with a zebra dove during the contest. (AFP)

The birds are put in ornate bamboo cages which are covered with bright, coloured fabric. A man hoists a cage with a zebra dove during the contest. (AFP)

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When they’re ready to sing, the cages are lifted onto hooks and raised high into the air. Birds sit in their cages, hoisted on poles during a bird-singing contest. (AFP)

When they’re ready to sing, the cages are lifted onto hooks and raised high into the air. Birds sit in their cages, hoisted on poles during a bird-singing contest. (AFP)

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This year more than 1000 birds took part in the competition, with enthusiasts travelling from all over Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to take part. Birds sit in their cages hoisted on poles. (AFP)

This year more than 1000 birds took part in the competition, with enthusiasts travelling from all over Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to take part. Birds sit in their cages hoisted on poles. (AFP)

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The contest also attracts thousands of spectators from Southeast Asia who gather to take in the spectacle and enjoy the birdsong. The judges give each bird a fixed amount of time to impress. (BHLW-FRjFoU/Instagram)

The contest also attracts thousands of spectators from Southeast Asia who gather to take in the spectacle and enjoy the birdsong. The judges give each bird a fixed amount of time to impress. (BHLW-FRjFoU/Instagram)

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The birds are judged on basis of their melody, pitch, clarity, stamina, modulation and volume. Thailand hosts a number of bird singing contests and one very popular one takes place in the island Ko Samui. (BElppNii2_X/Instagram)

The birds are judged on basis of their melody, pitch, clarity, stamina, modulation and volume. Thailand hosts a number of bird singing contests and one very popular one takes place in the island Ko Samui. (BElppNii2_X/Instagram)

UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2016 07:57 PM IST
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