White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot


Caiques are known as the clowns of pet parrots for their acrobatic antics that can include turning over and laying on their backs while playing or being handled. They are high-energy birds that spend their time moving from place to place, often hopping rather than flying. This needs to be considered if you are keeping caiques with other pets that might injure them when they are hopping across the floor.

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White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot

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What Is a White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot?

Native to South America, caiques are a type of small parrot with short, square tails and prominent colors like green, black, yellow, and orange. While caiques do not typically speak words in the same manner that many other parrots do, they are known for being a playful species that regularly whistles and chirps to its owners.

Caiques have easily made a place for themselves in the homes and hearts of countless bird enthusiasts. A caique would be the right choice for a family or person that wants to keep a pair of birds.

Breed Overview of White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot

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 to 10 inches

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 25 to 40 years

Origin and History of White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot

In the wild, caiques call home the areas of South America north of the Amazon. Their range includes Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. They also live in parts of Brazil and Venezuela.

This species enjoys the swamps and tropical lowland forests. Often found in small flocks of about 30 birds or a pair, they’re naturally very social birds and are rarely alone. The word “caique” comes from the indigenous Tupi language from Brazil, meaning “aquatic bird.” These birds enjoy bathing.White Bellied Caïque Baby Parrot


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.

Caique Colors and Markings

The markings of a caique are distinct; they have more of a color-blocked look. Their heads, wings, bellies, and thighs tend to be a distinct color from other body parts with few gradients between the colors. They are often referred to as the seven-colored parrot due to the highly defined and colorful feathers. The black-headed and white-bellied caiques are the most common color variety.

Black-headed caiques have mostly black heads with orange or yellow cheeks and a green streak under their eyes. Their wings and upper tail feathers are a beautiful green and bright yellow on the thigh feathers and under their wings. They have a beige-white colored abdomen with gray legs and a gray beak. They are also called the seven-color parrot.

Subspecies of the white-bellied caique, specifically the yellow-thighed and yellow-tailed caiques, are becoming popular as well.

Caring for Caiques

Caiques must get regular, scheduled playtime. Shower this bird with lots of positive interaction. They are usually able to entertain themselves for short periods, making them a good choice for working bird owners.

They are also relatively small, which makes them appealing to those who dwell in apartments and condominiums. Despite their small size, caiques will do best in a small aviary or large cage. At a minimum, provide a cage that is at least 2 feet long and 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall. The spacing between the bars should be no more than 3/4-inch wide.

Since they are intelligent, they also make pretty good escape artists. Ensure their cage is sturdy and can keep these crafty birds safe. A wrought-iron cage is best since they often try to chew the bars.

Provide this bird a bathing dish with fresh water every day. They are very fond of splashing around in the water.


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