A NATIVE BIRD FANCIERS’ CLUB MEETS TO MATCH PETS

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By Alexander Wetmore
Originally appeared in the December 1938 issue of the National Geographic Magazine

This Web version COPYRIGHT 2004

At Fort de Kock, Sumatra, in the Netherlands Indies, a quorum of tribesmen squat on their heels around oddly shaped cages of wood and split bamboo. While wives trade chickens, ricecakes, candy, or baskets in the open-air market, the men gossip about their bulbuls and doves-and doubtless about the people next door! In Sumatra the dove is an emblem of luck, and therefore common in captivity.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams

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