$700.00 – $1,400.00
COMMON NAMES: Black-headed caique, white-bellied caique, seven-color parrot, dancing parrot, yellow-thighed caique
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pionites melanocephala (black-headed), Pionites leucogaster (white-bellied)
ADULT SIZE: 9 and 10 inches
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 20 to 30 years
Caiques are known for the strong bonds that they can form with humans. They love attention. They can be quite affectionate and enjoy time playing with a human companion or just sitting with them. If you’re looking for a new best friend, this may be the species for you. They love to show off and are not called the “dancing parrot” for nothing. Quick learners, they’re adept at picking up fun tricks and have great personalities.
Caiques are playful, comical little birds that enjoy activities and the opportunity to explore. Always on the move, they’re one of the most energetic parrots and quite curious and mischievous. These birds can also become cranky at times and can nip or, in the least, find ways to use their beak when interacting with people.
As pets, caiques usually do well alone or in pairs, but be careful not to cage a caique with another species. They can become aggressive and deliver surprisingly harsh bites.
Speech and Vocalizations
Some caiques may learn to speak a few words, but most prefer to stick to “bird speak.” You’ll enjoy their whistles and songs as well as the environmental sounds they mimic. Though they can get loud, they’re generally known for a moderate noise level with soothing sounds in comparison to other parrots. At times, they may emit calls that are very high-pitched and shrill. Before committing to this species, make sure their noise level and vocal abilities are what you are looking for.
Female, Male, Pair