If you are looking for a vivacious, intelligent and colorful parrot as your avian companion, you may want to consider a Caique. These birds are generally 9-10 inches in length and can live up to 20 years. Native to South America, Caiques possess stunning plumage with green, orange, yellow, pink, black and white feathers.
These little birds are extremely active and will need plenty of bird toys to keep them busy and happy. A large cage with ample perches is also a necessity. It is a good idea to invest in a parrot playgym for your bird as well. Caiques like to stay busy……ideally, you should rotate your bird toys every few weeks to keep your Caique interested in his/her play items.
Unlike African Greys, Caiques rarely learn to speak. However, they do enjoy imitating various sounds in their environment such as whistling, bells, alarms, etc. They are also good at learning tricks.
Is a Caique Right for You?
Before deciding on purchasing a Caique, there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure you are a good match for this type of parrot:
Your Energy Level. Caiques are high-energy birds and do best with owners who can keep up with them. If you are the type of person who comes home from work exhausted and looks forward to doing nothing but watching TV the rest of the evening, you may have trouble pleasing your Caique. These birds need plenty of time outside their cage. You will need to make sure you have enough time and energy to devote to your bird. Otherwise, they will become aggressive, sullen and may develop behavioral problems.
Your Other Pets. Caiques can be domineering and aggressive towards other pets or birds of a different species. Caiques are best suited for people who only want one bird, or those who are interested in a pair of Caiques.
Your Personality. As beautiful and attractive as they are, Caiques need loving owners with a firm hand. They are the type of birds who crave boundaries and need to know who is in charge. If you let your Caique run the roost, he/she will take advantage of the situation and may even become aggressive. Be gentle, yet firm with your bird. Meet his/her needs and provide plenty of bird toys for him/her. If you do that, you and your Caique should get along quite well.