Like us, birds need variety in life. To be happy and healthy, they need socialization and exercise. This cannot be accomplished if they are cooped up in a cage all day. Birds need time out of the cage to move freely.
Bird cage stands help birds get their required exercise. Similar to a tree, a bird cage stand is a tall structure with several branches for a bird to perch. This simulates the wild and allows the bird to enjoy a bit of freedom. Bird cage stands can also host toys for added play and enjoyment.
This fist type of bird cage stand is especially popular with parrots. With their large wingspan, parrots require more freedom of movement than cages can usually offer. These stands can be found at pet stores and specialty bird supply stores.
Another type of bird cage stand is a base that holds a bird cage. This is usually used for smaller cages and allows them to sit higher in the air. This also makes the cage a bit more mobile, as the stand can be moved from room to room. It can even be moved outside to give the bird more variety in its environment. Without this variety, a bird can become bored and unhappy.
Often, these stands are sold with the bird cage as a single unit. These can be found for under $150, online and at pet stores.