The Black Headed Caique Parrots belongs to a species of parrots famous for their lovely colors and fun and quirky behavior. Known as very intelligent and inquisitive, these little birds are a handful of fun, so if you’re looking for a companion pet that will be sure to make you laugh and make your day fun – a caique parrot might be the right choice. Since Black Headed Caiques are loved as pet birds worldwide, acquiring one shouldn’t be too hard.
Caiques not known for their talking skills, but for the strong bonds that they can form with humans who show them adequate love and attention. They are playful, comical birds who enjoy activities and the opportunity to explore. Some Caiques may learn to speak a few words, but most prefer to stick to “bird speak”. In general, a Caique would be a good choice for a “one bird owner” or an owner that wanted to keep just a pair.
Caiques must be given plenty of playtimes, and must certainly be showered with plenty of positive interaction, but are usually able to entertain themselves for short periods of time.
COMMON NAMES: Black-headed caique, white-bellied caique seven-color parrot, dancing parrot, yellow-thighed caique
ADULT SIZE: 9 and 10 inches
LIFE EXPECTANCY: Caiques have a long lifespan and, with proper care, can live on average for about 30 years in captivity.
Personality & Behavior
Fun is the best adjective to describe caiques. Their questioning, and exploring minds will lead them to every nook and corner if they’re allowed to roam freely. They’ll enjoy playing, socializing, and petting and scratches – but overstep your boundaries, and you’ll earn yourself a nibble or two! If denied toys, food, or places they want to explore, they’ll get grumpy and make a scene to point out their dissatisfaction firmly.
Care and Feeding
Their fairly simple diet in the wild is easy to achieve in captivity. Most commercial, store-bought seed mixes will cover all the bases for your Black Headed Caique. With added green vegetables and selected fruits like apples and oranges, they will get all the essential nutrients and vitamins that ensure your bird stays healthy.
In addition to the usual seed and/or pellets, Caiques eat a lot of fruit. They enjoy apples (including the pips, which are not harmful), sweet oranges, sweet grapes (preferably black), pears, and, in season, cherries and pomegranates. Tropical fruits such as guavas, mangos, and passion fruits add variety. They love seasonal soft fruits such as raspberries, redcurrants, blackberries, and cranberries. Note the hazards involved in feeding elderberries and blackberries unless you want your walls dyed black! Hawthorn berries are relished.
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