Songbirds in Singapore: The Growth of a Pastime - Lesley LaytonSingapore: Oxford University Press, 1991, Hardback.
Condition: Very Good.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “This book examines the importance of songbird ownership in Singapore and explores the complex and dynamic relationship between the Singaporean and his songbird. It reveals how bird-keeping, an ancient male-dominated pastime imported from China, India, and the Malay Archipelago, evolved and grew in Singapore, and why songbirds came to be especially favoured. The most popular songbirds are described, and how they are chosen, cared for, and trained to compete against others of their own species in song contests. The reasons for the unique shapes of the birds’ cages, and their most important accessories, are explored, as well as the growing interest in breeding champion songsters. This concise but fascinating account is illustrated with a variety of early lithographs and contemporary photographs which demonstrate the pastime’s distant origins as well as its relevance in a modern city-state.”