Caiques are Playful, funny, acrobatic, comical, entertaining, amusing, and cheerful are just some of the words used to describe the Caiques (pronounced kigh-EEK). They are known as the clowns of the Parrot world. With their vivid plumage, they always appear to be dressed for a party. This medium-size South American parrot is recognized by its vivid green, yellow, orange, and white coloration. They are the only parrot, excluding cockatoos, that have pure white breasts! They are bold, confident, playful, fearless, and determined, all wrapped up in a bundle of feathers weighing less than six ounces.
Caiques live 25 to 40 years, and many live longer due to healthier diets and lifestyles.
Caiques are not for first-time bird owners, and you should have experience with handling birds. Thought and consideration should go into the purchasing of a companion bird because these are lifetime companions.
Caiques are medium-sized parrots native to the Amazon Basin that are known for their extremely colorful plumage. They have a solid-looking body and a short tail. Basically, there are two species of caiques: the White-bellied Caique and the Black-headed Caique.
The White-headed species has a yellow and orange head, green wings and tail, and a white abdomen with pink legs. The Black-headed species has a black head, orange cheeks, green streak under its eyes, bright green colored wings, and upper tail feathers. The lower side of their body is beige colored, with gray legs and beak.
Caiques as Pets
Besides their beautiful plumage and playful personality, they are very easy to train, making them highly popular as pets. You can easily teach a caique to lie upside down on your palm and play dead. When you encourage them with rhythmic clapping, these birds will jump around like they are dancing, which is why they are often called the ‘dancing birds.’ These parrots are known to develop a strong bond with their owners.
If you keep a caique as a pet, you will need a 2-feet cage to house it. These medium-sized parrots are very active, and you will have to take them out of their cage for about an hour for daily exercise. Unlike other birds, caiques prefer walking to flying. They have strong legs, and thus, they love to jump and hop. They will bounce around the house and explore new things. On your part, you need to make sure they are supervised at all times. These parrots have quite a reputation for destructive chewing. Therefore, you need to make sure that you provide them durable toys.
As for their diet, you should ideally feed them fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans and supplement the same with high-quality extruded pellets. They should be provided fresh water at all times. Do not feed them avocado pits, raw onions, potato chips, candies, alcohol, rhubarb, etc. You can also provide your pet a birdbath with lukewarm water.
We sell only fully weaned babies. All of our baby Caiques are naturally weaned on a schedule that complies with their individual needs. They are provided with a healthy, well-balanced diet consisting of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, quality seeds, and pellets.