The black headed caique, (Pionites melanocephala), black headed parrot, or black capped parrot is a fun favorite fro bird lovers.The Black-headed Caique is not only one of the most colorful birds in the parrot family, but has a delightful and comical personality. They are very intelligent and quick to learn tricks. They can mimic many environmental sounds but Caiques in general are not known to be good talkers. Being quite social and outgoing, they are affectionate and inquisitive, and they love to show off.
A distinguishing characteristic of the Caique is a lovely ruffled looking white breast and belly. This gave rise to it’s name. ‘Caique’ is a term used to describe a full-dress, white shirt, with a ruffled front.
* courtesy: Wikipedia
Mass: 5.3 oz (Adult) Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population stable) Encyclopedia of Life
Higher classification: Caique
Two species of caiques are commonly kept as pets: the black-headed caique (Pionites melanocephala) and the white-bellied caique (Pionites leucogaster).
* courtesy: lafeber.com
Diet: The Caique’s main diet should primarily be seeds, fruits, and green vegetables. A commercially prepared parrot mix or pelleted diet can also be beneficial. referenced: animal-world.com/encyclo/birds
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