Bird (whistling) racing in New York at the Smokey Park attracted a good turnout
with produced a sizzling contest in the end.
The race was contested between the most feared Towa Towas, Jumbie and Snowfire 2 (AKA Yellow beak). Jumbie was frozen and burnt alive by the great Snowfire in a jiffy, in less than a minute the race was finished at a count of 50-15.
The owner of Snowfire, Bram from Canefield Canje, Berbice now in the US, started racing Towa Towa at the age of fifteen and never lost a race with his previous bird Snowfire 1. He won eight races in one morning. He was trained by the late and great Mack Parris AKA Nancy, one of the smartest bird man in those days. Mack was the owner of Snowfire 1 which was raced by Bram. He also raced the great Magic and this bird also never lost a race.
Snowfire 2 is said to be looking to compete against any Towa Towa or he might retire undefeated.
This form of entertainment is mainly popular in Guyana where several species of birds are reared for their beautiful signing (whistling). Among the more popular is the Towa Towa and Mountain Canary.
Bram has extended special greetings and thanks to several of his Guyanese bird enthusiasts including Clifton Phillips, Robert, Rudolph Parris, Grafton, Duppa, Tall Joe, Vishnu, Bhagwan, David Jankie, Squarrie, Father, Rev, Compton John, Orandie AKA Rudolph, Toyo and Randolph Parris.
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