The caiques are species of parrots in the genus Pionites. They are relatively small and stocky, with a short, square tail and very bright colors.
There are two species of caique: the white-bellied caique or apricot headed and the black headed caique.
Caiques are very playful and considered the clowns of all of the parrots. They are full of energy and a lot of fun but do require a lot of attention.
What do you expect from your Caique? When you bring one home, you expect him to be friendly, be a clown, be intelligent, sociable, and give you unconditional love and companionship. This is what you want and this is what you can have. You need to treat your Caique the same when you first get him as you would a year from now. They are highly intelligent creatures who can give you much pleasure and fun, but at the same time can be aggressive and cause you frustration if not handled properly. They will love you tremendously. Any family members, neighbors, and even strangers will be able to come over and pick up the bird. But only if you expose him to others any chance you get. They love interaction. You will want the whole family to be able to hold and play with the bird. They bond very strongly to their owner. Socialize them as much as possible and you will have a much better bird with others.
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