Canary Song Trials

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Back in 1934, a group of eight women in Milton, Massachussetts gathered with a goal: to create an uniquely tuneful pet canary for American homes. The result of their breeding experiments was the American Singer Canary, specially-built to produce the sweetest song imaginable. Today, there are 41 chapters of the American Singer club throughout the United States and Canada, many of which hold “song trials” to determine the breed’s best avian soloists. One of the biggest competitions takes place each year in Livonia, Michigan, just outside Detroit. We present a short portrait of the 2007 song trials, as hundreds of green, yellow and variegated canaries assembled in identical cages in a church gymnasium, waiting for their turn to battle it out.