Bird in a cage
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Singapore's bird lovers and their birdsinging competitions

People the world over enjoy the sound of birds singing in the morning.

In Singapore, all that chirping and whistling is something of an obsession.

Local bird enthusiasts spend thousands of dollars on birds and cages, and birdsinging is even a competitive sport, with some events attracting hundreds of competitors.

BBC News went to meet birdsinging enthusiast and birdcage repairman Hadi to find out more.

Video journalist: Tim McDonald

Real Time is a series for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

  • 23 Sep 2014
Go to next video: The man who lives in 1946