National Geographic : 1938 Dec
00 Photograph from Pix WHICH WILL PROVE TO BE THE PRIZE PACKAGE?-THRONGS OF GERMAN CANARY FANS AWAIT THE JUDGES' VERDICT Inferior feathered virtuosos are quickly eliminated from the singing contest at Benneckenstein, in Germany's HarzMountains. The entries, intheir cloth-covered cages, are lined up on the tables. Judges pass along the line, appraising with trained ears the sweetness and variety ofthe warblings from within. Among these people, few honors can match that of having a bird place first in the festival (page 780). The finest canaries trill and pipe several different recognized songs, or "tours." In both Europe and America the birds are trained with the aid of feathered singing teachers or mechanical music (page775).