Birds as pets, in China

I had heard that many Chinese keep birds as pets, and to keep the birds from being lonely, they’ll bring them to parks to socialize with one another, albeit in cages. I had not yet seen this, but today in the gardens at Wenshu Temple, I saw a man practicing tai chi alongside his pet bird. The bird had no other birds with whom to socialize, but he was vocal regardless.

Tai chi practitioner, with his pet bird in a cage; Wenshu Temple, Chengdu.

Pet bird; Chengdu, China.