A birdcage is a small enclosure made of wire bars, in which birds are kept. It’s found in the arms of Walther von der Vogelweide, c.1300 [Manesse]. The blazon should specify whether the birdcage’s door is open or closed; but it must have a bird, as it’s otherwise not possible to tell it’s a birdcage. The illustration shows a closed birdcage with its bird. See also nest.
Aislynn de Darkenhall bears: Azure, within an open birdcage Or a dove reguardant argent, a bordure engrailed argent semy of roses proper.