Birds-Eye View

XAviaries are traditionally identified as structures for keeping captive birds. They can range from small enclosures to large flight cages 100 ft or more lengthwise and up to 50 ft high. Enclosures for birds that fly only seldomly or weakly (e.g., rails, pheasants) may be only about 3 ft high. In colder climates the aviary is usually enclosed and heated.  Many aviaries are maintained for pleasure by private aviculturists.  Others, especially large ones, are found in zoos or research institutions.

There are a plethora of options of bird cages to be found in today’s market ranging from the purely decorative to the period piece.  Generally speaking, the worksmanship and quality tends to be higher with the antique variety as compared to the mass produced. Therefore, I would search for such a speciality item in the flea markets, antique shops, auctions and so forth. They can be scarce, so be patient when searching for something so specific.

When housing a cuckoo or parrot, give them plenty of space and light.  However, when utilizing an aviary for specific ornamental purposes, be discerning with taste and embellishment.  Understated and minimalist is usually best to counteract and balance the elaborate nature of the enclosure.

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.


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