ARTE GEIE, MEDIENKONTOR Movie GMBH
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
It is not uncommon to see the price of a songbird exceed that of a car, or even a house. Striped doves, oriental magpie-robins... the better a bird sings, the higher its price goes. But the veneration for nature's best singers is not without a darker side: it feeds the illegal bird trade.
Amir takes great pride in his white-rumped shamas, bulbuls and finches. Every weekend, he goes to the Kebun Barun Singing Bird Club of Singapore to meet other enthusiasts. The next singing competition will take place soon. Amir has to train Ramdan, his bulbul. If he wins, his only prize will be prestige, because gambling and betting are not allowed in Singapore. But this does not deter him, as he would like to make a name for himself as a breeder. However, in Singapore, only pet shops are allowed to sell young songbirds. But how can one prove that they really come from breeding farms? These shops sell as many illegally captured birds as private individuals do. GEO Reports will follow bird breeders and environmental activists in the city-state trying to fight against this taking from wildlife.