|Pronounced Ky-eek, White Bellied Caiques could very well be the ultimate small parrot. Here at
Bird Heaven Aviaires we have several pairs of White Bellied Caiques. There are a few types of
Caiques avialable in the USA. The Black Headed Caique and White Bellied are the main two with
their being some subspecies of the White Bellied. We have the Yellow Thighed here. There are
Green Thighed & Yellow Tails available but they are very rare and extremely hard to come by.
|Known for there vivacious & lively personalities, Caiques are not a bird for those who would love
a quiet companion who doesn't get into mischief. Our Caiques here both breeders and the babies
we raise are literally on the go from the moment they wake up and finish their breakfast. I'm
absolutely certain that even when they're sleeping that Caiques are dreaming of running around
and playing with toys. Caiques can be quite demanding of our time and not really a bird that we
recommend for those who have not had a parrot before. However we will say that if you do
decide to purchase a Caique, then thoroughly research the species. Get online and do as much
reading about them. Join some online yahoo groups on Caiques. Ask as many questions as you can to
the breeder. Good breeders wont hesitate to take the time to speak with you. If you decide to
go ahead and purchase a Caique, you wont be dissapointed. All our babies here at Bird Heaven are
vaccinated against the Polyoma Virus.
|We have 5 pairs of White Bellied Caiques that we breed from here at Bird Heaven Aviaries. Our
pairs are housed outdoors year round in flights that are 5ft long, 3ft high & 2.5ft wide. We also
have some in flights that are 5ft long, 4ft wide & 3ft high. We have perches at either end of the
flights to allow the birds to fly back and forth if they choose. Although they have a loud shreiking
noise, our breeders are actually rather quiet. I'm not sure if it's because they have to compete
with all our Mini Macaws & Amazons which can get quite loud at times. Our Caique Flights are all
protected from direct sunlight although a small amount gets through at the ends to allow the
birds to 'sunbathe' should they choose. We also have Bamboo Reed Fencing as additional shade &
privacy for them.
|Our Caique babies take on average around 12 - 14 weeks to wean. Juevenile Yellow Thigh Caiques
have yellow on their chest feathers and most babies will have black feathers on the heads. As the
Caiques get older and molt out their feathers the black will dissapear on their head and reveal that
beautiful apricot color and the yellow on their chest will dissapear too and the brilliant white on
their chests appear. This usually happens when they are around 10 - 18 months of age. You can see by
the babies on the left in the photo that they have the yellow on their chest and the black feathers
on their head.
Caique babies are extremely inquisitive and love nothing more than hanging out with us as we go
about our chores. They also love when we set up a blanket on the front lawn with all the toys that we
have for them to play with. They're just like a kid in a candy store and rush about trying their best
to play with every toy before the other birds get to it. One thing we've noticed with our Caique
babies is that they play hard but also love to sleep. Many times we've found Caique babies lying on
their backs, sending Michael & myself into a panic only to realise that they're sleeping.
Caiques make great companions for those who are willing to take the time to learn about the
species. They can get a little stubborn and moody at times as they mature as do most birds however
they do remain quite friendly and social as they age too. We do our absolute best here at Bird
Heaven Aviairies to give our babies the best start in life. It's up to the new owners to continue
what we started and keep up with the socialization with different people.
|All our birds here - both our breeder birds and babies are fed a great diet that has plenty of
steamed & Fresh Vegetables along with Plenty of fruit as well. We do feed a minimal seed mix as
well as a few times a week they get a dried fruit and nut mix as well. Caiques have alot of energy
and require a good amount of fresh foods in their diet. Our way of thinking here when it comes to
the birds is this: Seeds & Pellets don't grow on trees in the wild. There are no trees that dispense
Sunflower seed to all the birds worldwide nor are their Roudybush or Zupreem Pellet trees
growing anywhere in the world. Whilst not many of birds here enjoy pellets, infact only 1 pair of
birds really enjoy them and that's one of our Eclectus pairs. Seeds and Pellet simply do not make up
the major part of our birds diets. We do offer Seeds & Pellets when weaning our babies however
should they choose not to eat them that's fine. They still get plenty of fresh foods as well. All the
different fruits etc that our birds are given can be found on our Recipe Page.
|Keep in mind when purchasing a cage for your Caique that they are active birds. The biggest cage you
can afford is usually best for them. We'd recommend a cage suitable for African Greys, Amazons or
small Macaws for Caiques. A cage with a playstand on top is great too. It provides a area for them to
run around on and hop about. A seperate playgym is always welcomed. You can get one that is small
enough to wheel from room to room so that you're Caique is able to keep an eye on what you're doing.
Don't be to suprised to find your little one wanting to help you out in their own special way. Because
of this be sure to always keep an eye on your Caique as they will go wandering off and sooner rather
than later Mishchief will find them.
Stainless Steel cages are best although there are some good quality cages out there that are not
stainless steel. Toys are always welcomed by Caiques. So a nice variety of toys are always welcomed
and should be rotated regularly every other day or so. Below are some photo's of the toys we have in
our weaning cages for the Caiques.
|Our Breeding Pairs
|White Bellied Caiques
|Diet & Cages