So I visited my family in China for a few months and at one point I ended up in a huge outdoor pet store. I just wanted to check out the animals there.
At one area was all pet birds, and I saw some regular parrots like cockatiels, budgies, rosella parakeets, etc., but there were also small wild birds like chickadees (I'm not sure but I've studied birds for a long time and pretty sure that was what it was), sparrows, wrens, magpies, and WILD finches kept in tiny wooden cages, the only things in there being the bird, a single short perch and a food and water bowl. All the bird does is jump back and forth on the cage. And by the lack of a door on the cage I'm sure the birds aren't even comfortable with humans. I live in Canada and here there are lots of chickadees in the parks and if you have some seeds and hold your hand out with the food, the chickadees will fly down from the trees and land on the edge of your palm and take the food before flying away.
I also saw an Indian ringneck parrot on a small perch with a metal chain around one of its legs. I walked over but it immediately hissed and backed away, and I realized the chain was no more than about 20 cm long.
There was also a cockatoo in a cage no more than 30 cm tall and 40 cm wide and in length. It's feathers were fluffed up, it was just hunches on the bottom, and it kept screaming like crazy that at one point I started covering my ears. I live with a cockatiel, budgie and conure and macaw for the past weeks and it never got as loud as this.
Those parrots were in really bad conditions and there were wild birds that were kept in tiny cages with absolutely nothing to do. Is this supposed to be illegal? Trapping wild birds in small cages? Why don't they do something about this and what's your opinion? I mean, I love China, it's really fun there, but when it comes to animals especially birds, I just wonder.