The Caique parrot (pronounced ki-eeks with the long i sound ) is widely known for being the clown of the parrots. Caiques have become very popular over the last decade and continue to win our hearts.
Caiques are extremely active and playful birds, eager to entertain their audience and themselves. There are two species of Caiques, the Black-headed Caique and the White-bellied Caique. Both are similar in personality but have a bit difference in color appearance.
The Black-headed Caique has a deep forest green color on the back, wings, and tail. The top is black with a black beak. The White-bellied Caique has a bright yellow/orange on the head, and a horn colored beak.
Although they have the ability to talk and have a sound of a smaller bird, it is their ambitious play and rolling around that gets our attention as bird lovers.
The Black-headed Caique originates north of the Amazon and westward to parts of Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. The White-bellied Caique originates south of the Amazon, from northern Brazil and parts of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Conures in the wild feed on a variety of seeds, fruits, and insects, it is only appropriate to provide a nutritional based diet consistent with their wild ancestors that will satisfy their nutritional needs. A proper daily conure diet consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, a high quality conure seed mix, and formulated parrot pellets.
Sprouts are a favorite for most conures and are available at your supermarket in either alfalfa, bean, or broccoli. Or you can grow your own! Replenishing clean drinking water twice daily or any time water has been contaminated is a necessary step to maintaining a healthy parrot.
Check out the fresh food list for helpful tips on fresh fruits and vegetables that can be offered to your parrot.
A responsible breeder will assure that his or her breeding pair of Caique parrots are compatible, opposite sex, and over three years of age. DNA sexing is a fast and safe way to be sure you have one female and one male Caique.
Breeding cages should be at least 3W x 3H x 4L. Caiques seem to breed well and become stimulated for breeding when visually able to see other breeding pairs. For this reason, if you are breeding more than one pair it may benefit the birds to place the cages next to each other, approximately 3 to 4 inches. Be sure to only have one pair of birds per cage.
Breeding boxes can vary depending on the size of the cage. The female will lay three to five eggs with the chicks hatching in 25 to 29 days. When chicks are hatched several days apart, it is best to pull the oldest chick for handfeeding. This will give the late chick a chance to get fed without big brother absorbing mom and dad.
I usually say if the last egg hatches 5 days after the first, the oldest is pulled. It is best to leave them in the nest for up to 2 weeks if all chicks are visually being cared for. Chicks are ready to be weaned by 4 to 5 months. Weaning should be a pleasant and fun new development for babies. Soft pellets and fruits and veggies should be offered twice daily during weaning.
Always place your parrot in a cage big enough for them to spread out their full wing span. Caiques are very acrobatic which can sometimes get them in trouble, so check the bar spacing and any other items you place in the cage.
They could get stuck in holes and gaps as they are constantly playing around and poking their head into places they shouldn't. Do not use old, rusty, or decorative painted cages to house birds. The paint is toxic and old cages are not up to safety standards and non-toxic materials.
Entertaining and affectionate is what you can expect when bringing a Caique parrot into your family. With a life span of over 30 years or more, they are an ideal pet for a committed parrot owner willing to spend quality play time with this little toddler on a daily basis. Plenty of love, toys, a healthy diet, and a proper cage will keep a Caique parrot happy and content.