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Last Updated: Monday November 13 2006 16:32 GMT

Birds compete for singing title

Song thrush

Songbirds from all over the world are taking part in a competition to be crowned the champion of singing.

About 600 of the creatures flew to Columbia to take part in the event - where are marked on feathers and colour as well as their voices.

Some birds spent a year getting ready for the contest but they were given just 15 minutes to impress the judges.

One bird owner, Carlos Oliveros, said: "We train them so that they can go before a judge and quietly sing."

Experts say Columbia is the bird capital of the world as it is home to more than 1,500 species of birds.