Cages are displayed on poles as part of the annual bird-singing contest in Thailand which draws contestants from all over South East Asia




These remarkable pictures show the spectacle of bird singing contests in Thailand, where hundreds of competitors pitch their singing birds against each other for big money prizes.
The birds are kept in ornate bamboo cages draped with elaborate and colourful cloths but when the competition begins the cages are hoisted onto hooks suspended around three metres high on the metal grid.
The photos were taken in the Rueso district in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat this weekend. Hundreds of bird owners from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore took part in the traditional contest held every year.
The judges award points to the birds' songs based on pitch, melody and volume and prize money can be up to one million baht (£18,000).


Songbirds: These incredible images show the splendour of the bird singing contests held in Thailand


Elaborate: Hundreds of bird owners from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore took part in the traditional contest held every year


The judges award points to the birds' songs based on pitch, melody and volume and prize money can be up to one million baht (£18,000)


Melody: A contestant displays a bird in an elaborate bamboo cage


The photos were taken in the Rueso district in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat this weekend


 
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