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‘Finchers’ more than mates for their pets

  • Musthofid

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  02:23 am
Let’s go: Bird cages are hung up inside a tent as a bird contest is set to begin. (JP/Musthofid)(JP/Musthofid)

Let’s go: Bird cages are hung up inside a tent as a bird contest is set to begin. (JP/Musthofid)Like an athlete, a songbird needs physical training and ample nutrition, and like a singer, a songbird needs a recording, the requirements sought to make beautiful singing as the bird lovers, also known as finchers, look away from home for pride and satisfaction. An open plot of land in the vicinity of a residential complex in Depok in the southern outskirts of Jakarta has lately become crowded with bird lovers. The activity can hardly be seen from the road, from which the area is separated by a Dutch-era canal and shady trees.It’s quiet, but entering the area through a small entrance on the other side, one finds a noisy flurry, with songbirds taking part in a contest. Dozens of finches inside their cages, suspended on numbered hooks of a canopied marquee, were humming chirps while the fin...