Caiques

There are two species of Caique: the White Bellied and the Black Headed. they both come from South America, living primarily in the Amazon River basin. Each specie is endemic to it’s own areas and lives mainly in the canopy. They do not live in large flocks, preferring to live in twos or small groups.

Black Headed Caiques are also referred to as the Seven-color Parrots because they have pumpkin colored eyes, and feathers that are black, green, yellow, orange, white and blue. White Headed Caiques differ mostly in that they don’t sport the black cap that distinctively sets off the Black Headed species. More about Caiques »

There is no noticeable difference in behavior between the species, nor between the sexes. These birds do not have a great talking ability, although the first baby I kept longer than a few months learned three phrases before he was a year old.  He has a trilling voice, that is piping clear when he speaks. The Caiques have a very fast metabolism, which means they eat often. I think because of this, the babies take a good 16 weeks to wean.

Caiques are known for their clownish behavior. Everywhere you look on YouTube, you may see videos of them hopping, dancing, and rolling over to play on their backs. Acrobatic, funny, fearless and energetic are perfect words to describe them. When Caiques are outside of their cage, owners should keep a watchful eye on them as they enjoy exploring and are not easily deterred from playing with non-bird friendly toys. (Yep! That means they can be stubborn little devils too!) So, with that being said, make sure to have a variety of foot toys available for them. They also love swings and those snuggle tents in which to sleep.

The Black Headed Caique is a little bit smaller than the White Bellied Caique, but not by much. Both are around 9 inches long, and weigh between 140 and 170 grams. A cage for a Caique should be no smaller than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet tall, and have less than a 1/2 inch bar spacing. A Caique’s ultimate habitat should have more horizontal space than vertical since they do love to be on the floor of the cage playing with foot toys. This is where they’ll spend most of their cage time. There are some cages that are made for a flight of smaller birds like finches, that have good bar spacing available. They are normally 32 inches wide, and about 24 deep.

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Our Caiques

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WBC ‘Mango’
species: White Bellied Caiques
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/26/16
ready date: 9/17/16
use: DNA Male
WBC 'Mango'
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WBC ‘Trouble’
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/22/16
ready date: 8/22/16
use: DNA Male
WBC 'Trouble'
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WBC ‘Happy’
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/22/16
ready date: 9/10/16
use: DNA Male
WBC 'Happy'
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WBC ‘Peanut’
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 3/2/16
ready date: 6/23/16
use: DNA Male
WBC 'Peanut'
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BHC “Pippy”
species: Black Headed Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 9/18/15
ready date: 1/2/16
use: DNA later
BHC "Pippy"
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WBC “Meeko”
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/27/15
ready date: 11/16/15
use: DNA Male
WBC "Meeko"
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White Bellied Caique Male
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/3/15
ready date: 8/15/15
use: DNA Male
White Bellied Caique Male
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WBC “Adam”
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/11/14
ready date: 5/30/14
use: DNA Male
WBC "Adam"
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WBC “Pepper”
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/9/14
ready date: 5/22/14
use: DNA Female
WBC "Pepper"
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BHC “Tigger”
species: Black Headed Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/14/14
ready date: 5/30/14
use: DNA Male
BHC "Tigger"
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BH Caique male
species: Black Headed Caique
price: $800
status: Hatched
hatch date: 4/30/13
ready date: 8/20/13
use: DNA Male
BH Caique male
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1 White Bellied Caique
species: White Bellied Caique
price: $850
status: Hatched
hatch date: 5/1/13
ready date: 8/21/13
use: DNA Female
1 White Bellied Caique
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BHC Frances
species: Black Headed Caique
price: $800
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/22/13
ready date: 6/17/13
use: DNA Female
BHC Frances
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Missy’s Skittles
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 2/23/13
ready date: 6/18/13
use: DNA Male
Missy's Skittles
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Ducky
species: White Bellied Caique
status: Hatched
hatch date: 7/28/12
ready date: 11/17/12
use: DNA Male
Ducky
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White Bellied Caique
species: White Bellied Caique
price: $850
status: Hatched
hatch date: 9/19/10
ready date: 1/1/11
White Bellied Caique
  • "My experience with Birdie Brains Aviary has been a great one! I found Christy through Birdie Breeders and contacted her when I was looking for a bird. Christy was very knowledgeable, honest and helpful. She gave me a list of birds that would be good for a family that all wanted to interact with the bird. I did some research and her suggestion of a Caique seemed to fit just perfect for us. After a long but safe flight to us we got to meet our Caique. From the first moment we met she was friendly .... She will gladly go to a new person who comes into my home and everyone always comments on how friendly she is. My 2 girls, who are 7 and 4 years old, love to handle her and play with her also. A caique was the right choice for our family. I would LOVE another Caique from Christy someday."

    Autumn, Northcumberland County, PA