Friday, February 03, 2012

The Real Twitters

This bird is called Red-Whiskered Bulbul, or better known as burung candek.


Many Kelantanese, mainly the men, are crazy over them. And guess how much someone would pay for it?

RM20k!!! One can almost buy a car with this bird! And it's not any kind of investment but merely a hobby.


The reason why people pay so much for this bird is not because of its appearance, but its voice. The more it chirps, the more valuable it is because they will have a better chance of winning at the bird singing competition. You heard that right!


The competition is held every Friday and Saturday in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. When I was there shooting this interesting story for MagSeven, there were almost 300 birds competing. The champion gets RM130.


OK I may have exaggerated with the RM20k bird earlier. It was just one isolated case. Not all the birds are worth that much. Usually the good ones are around RM1000-6000. The wild birds cost just RM150, which take years to train until they chirp beautifully.


Don't know about you but for a non-bird enthusiast like me, I wouldn't pay RM100 for the burung candek..unless they can talk.

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