This year’s Europigeon Song Contest

This year’s Europigeon Song Contest will reach its thrilling conclusion on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The contest organizers, in Rotterdam, say:

Five feathered performers [stuffed specimens from the collection of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam] are competing in a truly spectacular song contest. Their shows will be shown online for you to enjoy, Covid-19 and bird flu proof.

You can decide who will win this year’s Europigeon by voting for your favorite songbird. Will it be Philomelos, the Song Thrush? Or will you dance to Starling’s beats and tricks? Who will be.. top of the bill?

You can vote up until the deadline: Saturday May 22, at 10:00 am (Central Europe time).

The winner will be announced at 10:30 am that day, on the radio program ‘Spijkers met Koppen‘, and on twitter at @HetNatuurhist. That twitter feed is also providing updates as the contest progresses.

The competition is organized by a consortium of five of Europe’s stellar museums, all based at Museumpark, a lush attraction for zillions of birds and humans. Among those birds, many years ago, were the two ducks who starred in the historic incident documented in the Ig Nobel Prize-winning ornithology study “The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves:Anatidae)“) The museums are:

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Kunsthal Rotterdam
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Natural History Museum Rotterdam
Chabot Museum Rotterdam