Caiques are the clowns of the parrot world.
Read stories about Caiques that their owners have written, see pictures and more.
Caiques (pronounced "ki-eeks") are playful, fun and intelligent too. I read somewhere that you can’t be depressed around a caique, because you will always be laughing.
These little dynamos are always clowning around. They hang upside down from a swinging toy, or swing Tarzan style through the cage. They hop instead of walk and will even sometimes “dance” around. Many will lie on their backs while playing with a toy or your finger.
Caiques need lots of attention and interaction. These parrots are not for someone who just wants a weekend friend. Caiques have more energy than a 5 year old that just ate cake and ice cream. They delight in performing for the ones they love, they even like performing for those they don’t know!
Caiques can also be stubborn and pushy, but don’t have a reputation for being biters. This of course does not mean they won’t bite. It is their only method of protection. It is up to you to read your Caique's body language and not force your selfish desires on the bird.
Caiques are not known for great talking. Many have reported a few words, but maybe they are just too busy having fun to talk.
Caiques scream and make high-pitched sounds, but mostly when they aren’t given enough exercise and attention. Take a look at our Parrot Comparison Chart to see how they compare with other parrots.
Provide lots of stimulating toys for your Caique that you rotate out, and human interaction to avoid boredom screaming.
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Caiques have a reputation for being very cuddly. If you spend lots of quality time with your bird, chances are good that it will be sweet and cuddly.
Caiques are not known to be one person birds, so chances are good that everyone who spends time with your bird will enjoy a cuddle now and then, on the birds terms of course.
Known Behavior Problems
No matter how sweet and tame your Caique is, it is always capable of biting severely. Aggressive behavior seems to stem from fear.
Posturing, eye-pinning, and cheek puffing are all signs that your Caique may attack. Many Caiques are afraid of strangers and may be very territorial. If your bird isn’t comfortable with someone, don’t let him or her attempt to handle it.
You should try the Free Parrot Training information below. If you like what Chet provides for free, you will want to purchase his whole parrot training system!
You should provide no more than 60 - 80 percent of your Caique's diet with top-quality pellets. We like the Totally Organics Pellets because they are 100% organic and don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also like Harrison's Organic Pellets.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.
Switching Birds To Pellets article
The other 20 - 40 percent of their diet should consist of grains, vegetables and a little fruit, preferably organic.The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. Who knows what has been fed and sprayed on all that other stuff!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.
Get some high quality organic pellets and dehydrated veggie and fruit mixes here.
When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
Here is just a sample of what you can purchase
Because Caiques are so active and playful, they need a roomy cage. The larger the better, to hold all the toys they need to burn off all their energy. I would suggest at least a 24 x 24 x 36 cage. Keep the bar spacing under an inch. One with a play top would be best.
Make sure you provide some “puzzle toys” and noisy toys and rotate them often to prevent boredom. Stick as many toys in the cage as you can reasonably fit! Of course, you have to make sure there’s swinging room between them all, that’s why you need the big cage for your Caique.
Consider getting a cage with a playpen on top for them to play on when you are home. The more room they have the happier they will be.
Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.
If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Caique(s) in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot(s with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
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Caique Stories Written By Their Owners
Below is a list of Caique pictures and some have short informational stories written by their owners. Just click on the picture of the one you want to read and see more pictures. You will want to read all of them! Have fun.
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