Picture of the week - prisoner's choir - society

So many street lights?

Quite a lot for power saving times, right? If you look closely, however, you can see that there are no light bulbs in the supposed lampshades, but birds. The picture was taken in Thailand - at a competition for songbirds.

Are they locked in there?

Yes, they are all small cages hanging there. Around 1,500 Merbok birds from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore sit in it and compete in song. A number hangs under their cages, after each round the judges write down their score on it.

How do you win there?

Points bring a nice loud voice and the ability to repeat a reputation twenty times. In three-part chants, the first and last notes should be of equal length. The rules are complicated - and award-winning songbirds are very valuable.

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