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Black Headed Caique - Caique Pionites Melanocephala Melanocephala Bird

Black Headed Caique Caique

Notable traits of the Black Headed Caique Bird: Caique (Pionites Melanocephala Melanocephala )
Latin Name: Pionites Melanocephala Melanocephala
Common Name: Black Headed Caique
Description: Black-headed Caiques have predominantly green plumage. They are extremely colorful little birds with black crowns, napes, and foreheads. Their bill is also blackish, and the periopthalmic ring is dark gray and their feet and their irises are red. Black-headed Caiques have orange cheeks, throats, thighs and flanks. Their undersides are a creamy white color, and the undersides of their tails are yellow-orange and olive yellow. Black-headed Caiques' primaries and primary coverts are a deep violet or purple-blue color, and the upper sides of their tails have feathers tipped in yellow.
Gender Determination: Undeterminable by appearance
Trainability: Makes a great and highly energetic pet
Length: 23 cm (9 in)
Average Lifespan: 40 years
Average Weight: 130-170g (4.5-6 oz)
Diet: Pellets, fruits and veggies, some seeds
Housing: Large cage
Loudness: Moderate, not well suited to apartments
Talking Ability: May learn a few words
Notes: To sum up caiques in a short phrase, one might say they have two basic states: Constant High-Energy Antic State, or asleep. There is little middle ground. To put it more visually, they come across as the natural intersection of birds and Red Bull. Kept in a cage (which should be as large as possible), they should be given many toys, swings, and ladders, with as wide a variety as possible. In particular, one might consider foot toys, puzzle toys, vegetable tanned leather knotted toys, sterilized pine cones, and hanging toys. For bathing, one could either use overhead misters, or one could provide a shallow bowl of water.

They are highly intelligent, and can learn many tricks. They often strut about in an important manner. This is to establish dominance. Though they aren't known for their extensive vocabularies, they can pick up a few words here and there. However, they do pick up ambient noises and sounds, and may learn to imitate the vocalizations of other birds. They do also come up with their own noises. They're affectionate and cuddly birds, and love being picked up and played with. Most love to be snuggled and petted, though one may sometimes have to wait for them to be tired enough to slow down.

Unusually for birds, caiques seem to prefer walking to flying. From observation, they also enjoy running, jumping about, somersaulting, flipping over, and just generally moving in any possible direction. They have unusually strong leg muscles, and it's not uncommon to see them on the floor of the cage, on their back, feet flailing around in the air as they bat about a foot toy, a piece of a regular toy, a wiffle ball, a chunk of fruit, or really anything that could conceivably be batted about.
These birds have been vaccinated for the polyoma virus. It is crucial for young birds to be protected as they have little to no immune system for their first year of life. Just as people, cats, dogs are vaccinated, we use vaccines to substantially decrease the incidence of disease in birds. By doing this we have developed a positive reputation that separates us from the "birdie mills" that do not aspire to the same standards. We have a vet on the premises bi-weekly that administer this vaccine and monitors our babies and flock.
Breeding Notes: Breeding starts in May. The pair is generally quieter than usual. The clutch is of 3 to 5 eggs, though a lot of the eggs are infertile. Incubation lasts for 26 days, with a fledging period of 80 days. The young are independent after 90 days.
Mutations: Blue
Age of Maturity: 3
Breeding Life: 20
Nest: 10 x 20 L inches Box
Breeding Aviculture: Common
Average Clutch Size: 3 to 5
Habitat: Occurs in northern South America from north of the Amazon river N Brazil west to E Colombia.
References: TreatPelletToy
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