Caiques - Fabulous
Little Parrots that
are Quite Active
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Caiques are intelligent little parrots, very vocal and not
at all shy around strangers. They are quite active little
birds. They require a lot of attention and time out of their cage
to burn off excess energy.
Caiques need to be handled and have attention given to them on
a regular basis or else they may no longer want attention.
Caiques are sometimes good talkers and cuddlers, they are
fairly good at learning tricks, most are good at whistling.
Birds kept as single pets usually become better talkers than
those kept in groups.
Facts about Pet Caiques
Caiques are pronounced as: ky-eeks or kah-eeks
Caiques live from 15 to 25 years
They are about 9 to 12" in length
Caiques come from South America.
The most common color is green
They can be kept as a single pet
They can be loud and very noisy, especially at dawn and dusk.
Caiques are monomorphic, meaning males and females look the same.
Other than lab testing, there is no real way to tell the difference.
In general, the males are a bit more aggressive in behavior.
Types of Caiques include:
Minimum cage size is 18"W x 22"L x 24"H
Keep cages away from drafts, open windows and the kitchen.
Caiques are sensitive to smoke and strong odors. Cover the
cage at night to prevent drafts.
Have perches of different widths, diameters and textures
to help keep a Caique's feet healthy.
They are very good at chewing things, so provide an
adequate amount of chew toys.
What to Feed Pet Caiques
Feed a pet Caique 2-3 teaspoons per day of a pellet or seed-based,
fortified small parrot diet.
About 5-10% of a Caique's diet should be bite-sized fruits and
veggies like apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, sweet potatoes,
broccoli, spinach, dandelion, mustard greens and shredded
carrots. Offer daily or every 2-3 days.
Provide a cuttle bone or mineral block.
Caiques should always have access to clean, fresh water.
Don't use tap water. We recommend Steam Distilled water
for it's purity.
Caiques have a good appetite and will try to eat almost anything.
They have a tendency to play in their food bowls.
Signs a Pet Caique is Healthy
A curious and active disposition
Clear, bright eyes
Clean, smooth feathers
Eats throughout the day
Normal droppings that are not excessively runny for more than a
couple of days
Signs a Pet Caique may be getting sick
Change in droppings in excess of two days
Decreased appetite; weight loss
Decreased activity and grooming behavior
Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time
Sitting at the bottom of cage
Wheezing or coughing
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