Many Vietnamese men keep caged birds as pets, in a busy city full of tooting and other traffic noise it is lovely to see beautifully ornate cages hanging outside houses or hanging in trees or on the power lines, with birds in trees singing away.

I also have the feeling of sadness as these birds were once free as a bird to fly free.

This Bird breeder has loaded up his motor bike with a variety of different caged birds to sell at Bird Markets which are held all over Hanoi. While waiting for customers they are always totally engrossed in tending to their birds. If you are interested, it is best to ask a local what day and where are they held.
This Bird breeder has loaded up his motor bike with a variety of different caged birds to sell at Bird Markets which are held all over Hanoi. If you are interested, it is best to ask a local what day and where are they held.
Travelling Bird Salesman on a bicycle pushes his bike laden with a variety of different birds heading for different bird markets or favorite spots to sell his birds in Hanoi. No doubt this requires quite a balancing act to pack and stack these cages safely.
Travelling Bird Salesman on a bicycle pushes his bike laden with a variety of different birds heading for different bird markets or favorite spots to sell his birds in Hanoi. No doubt this requires quite a balancing act to pack and stack these cages safely.

 

Clubs in Hanoi such as the Thien Quang Lake Bird Club are one of many clubs that hold competitions for bird keeping.  There is a lot of work and money to keep a bird happy and healthy in a cage.

Beautiful caged bird hangs off a tree, which is a common sight in Hanoi.
Beautiful caged bird hangs off a tree, which is a common sight in Hanoi.

These birds are taken from their homes in cages by walking or on bicycles to the park where they hang up their bird cages, the men sit around drinking tea, chatting and critiquing each others birds.

Bird sellers load their bicycles up with multiple cages of different varieties of birds, taking them to town selling them on the streets or parking up near a market.

From all this bird activity there are amazing selection of bird cages in Hanoi made of wood, bamboo or metal.  These are used for a birds or painted up as a lamp or general home decoration.

Bird cage stores are dotted all over Hanoi City to accommodate the popularity of bird keeping. Even though I don't have a bird, I still wanted one of these very ornate and carved bird cages.
Bird cage stores are dotted all over Hanoi City to accommodate the popularity of bird keeping. Even though I don’t have a bird, I still wanted one of these very ornate and carved bird cages.
Bird cages hanging on the telephone wires seems like a normal practice and quite acceptable in Hanoi. The red cloth tied to the top is the cover which they use at night or while transporting them.
Bird cages hanging on the telephone wires seems like a normal practice and quite acceptable in Hanoi. The red cloth tied to the top is the cover which they use at night or while transporting them.