Black Headed Caique
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From the Amazon Rainforest Caiques are known for the strong bonds that they can form with humans, so if you're looking for a new best friend, this may be the species for you. Caiques are playful, comical little birds who enjoy activities and the opportunity to explore. Some Caiques may learn to speak a few words, but most prefer to stick to "bird speak". Caiques usually do well alone or in pairs, but do not do well with a bird of another species.
Black Headed Caiques have mostly black heads with orange cheeks and a green streak under their eyes. They are about 9-10 inches long, their wings and upper tailfeathers are a beautiful green, and they sport a beige colored abdomen with gray legs and a gray beak. White Headed Caiques have orange and yellow heads, green wings and tails, white abdomens, pink legs, and horn colored beaks.
Caiques are active little birds, and are unique in the fact that they seem to prefer to walk more often than fly. A Caique should be given a minimum of one hour outside the cage each day to hop around, exercise his strong leg muscles, and play. Care must be taken to provide a Caique with plenty of toys to exercise his beak on, as the species has a reputation for destructive chewing.
All in all, if you want a bird that is beautiful, intelligent, active, and very entertaining, then a Caique is the bird for you! These lively little parrots pack a lot of personality into a tiny bundle of feathers, and have easily made a place for themselves in the homes and hearts of countless bird enthusiasts.
Lifespan~ 20 years