BY: Michelle Liew
The melodious sounds of the merbah jambul or candik birds echo the room and break the silence, drawing attention to its unique colours and movements.
Bird owners often join bird singing or bird sound competitions to discover the best ones apart from filling their free time. In fact, such competitions have gained massive attraction in Kampung Kebun Pisang and villagers would often visit the winners’ house just to view the bird. The value of pet beds will steadily increase after winning a competition.
Bird enthusiast, Mohd Suariman Mohd Zain, 35, or known as Pak Da, has won more than 40 competitions since keeping his pet bird in 2012. He who lives in Kampung Kebun Pisang, Chenulang, Kuala Krai, Kelantan, has never been lonely in his house every day as he is often visited by bird fans, especially among the locals.
Pak Da currently keeps the high value of the merbah jambul or candik bird, which is in widespread demand from bird lovers. He states that every time he participates in a competition, whether inside or outside Kelantan, he never returns without a prize.
Usually, the gifts received are electrical appliances and cash to maintain his interest in keeping birds and at the same time allow him to add more bird species.
“Although the gift is not what I am after, meeting with other beautiful bird owners is enough as we can exchange views on pet birds,” he said as quoted from Berita Harian.
Pak Da stated that fans are willing to pay up to thousands of Ringgit for his favourite candik birds. Currently, the candik bird is the most popular bird for bird fans because of its unique style and voice that is similar to other types of birds.
“In the beginning, I only bought the candik bird for RM500, but now I can sell it for RM5,000.
“After this my pet bird has often won prizes in many competitions everywhere and is quite worth it when kept over the past few years,” he said.
Pak Da has participated in bird voice art competitions not only in Kelantan but also in Kedah, Penang and Perlis. To ensure that all his birds sound melodious, he takes good care of them including cleaning the cages every day to prevent the birds from infections.
“I make sure it does not affect its voice. From morning to evening every day, it has become my daily routine to do the task. Birds are believed to be able to live up to 20 years,” he said.
Pak Da spends two hours every day with his candik bird, which is placed in a special cage and beautifully decorated.
“I am also proud that the hobby of protecting birds is becoming more and more popular among young people because previously only older people were inclined to the activity,” he said.
“As a bird -keeping enthusiast, I still want more young people to participate so that the daily time is not filled with useless activities.”