Black Headed Caique

Black Headed Caique for sale sydney


The Caique originates from parts of South America. They are known as the clowns of the parrot world with their distinctive plumage, playfulness and clown like characteristics. They are bold, confident and fearless. They are determine, intelligent and inquisitive creatures, which are very active, high energy bird, with a limited speaking ability. They can

live for 20 years.



Nature of Caique’s

Caiques are not known for their talking skills, but for the strong bonds that they can form with humans who show them adequate love and attention. They are playful, comical birds who enjoy activities and the opportunity to explore. Some Caiques may learn to speak a few words, but most prefer to stick to “bird speak”. In general, a Caique would be a good choice for a “one bird owner” or an owner that wanted to keep just a pair.
Caiques must be given plenty of playtimes, and must certainly be showered with plenty of positive interaction, but are usually able to entertain themselves for short periods of time.

Cage’s suitable for a Caique

When selecting a cage, it is important to select the largest cage you can afford, remember the bigger the cage the happier the bird. Caiques are very active, playful birds and require room for many toys, perches, food/water dishes, as well as sufficient space for them to move around. Caiques are known as chewers and require a steel cage with different
size perches to hop and jump around.

Caiques love toys, such as ropes, wood, leather and chains. They require a large variety of different toys for mental stimulation. Toys need to be rotated and replaced on a regular basic to prevent boredom.

Cages, toys, perches and everything you will need for your Caique is available at Birdsville.

Diet for Caique’s

Caiques diet should consist of a combination of seed, pellets, fruit and veggies.

Pellets are developed to meet the nutritional needs of birds, so they should be a part of a
bird’s diet whenever possible. At Birdsville we recommended the Vetafarm South American mix, Vetafarm Paradise Pellets or Roudy Bush Pellets, feed with seed.

Seed is still very important for birds as it encourages the natural foraging behaviour with the cracking of the seed. The best seed for your Caiques is either Cockatiel mix, Peachface Mix or Small Parrot. Birdsville recommended a small parrot mix for younger birds and Peachface or Cockatiel mix for older birds.

Caiques also need their diet supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis and a calcium supplement is important.  These birds should have calcium provided in their water or a calcium perch as shell grit as cuttlebone is not recommended for these birds.

Do not feed your bird (or any other birds) avocado, onion, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol.

Fresh Water should be made available at all times throughout the day.


Introducing your new bird to existing birds

Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.



The cage requires regulars cleaning and old food shouldn’t ‘be allowed to accumulate in the cage, on perches or in feeders. Water should be changed daily basics. Do not allow fruit
and veg to become old and moldy.


Medicating your caique.

mite and lice spray– Its important to spray your birds every 3 months with a mite and lice treatment.  Worm your birds every 6 months if your birds are in tropical conditions worm them every 4 months.


This is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. The bird need to be handle in a quiet, relaxed situation, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become. more information on our training page



Breeding Caique’s

Black-headed Caiques reach sexual maturity at around two to three years  of age. A ‘Z’ style nest box at the top of the aviary in needed for breeding  these birds. Caiques will a clutch of two to four eggs and incubation taking  approximately 25 to 27 days.  These nest boxes are available at Birdsville.

Caiques generally make good parents and in most cases can be relied (expect exceptions) on to raise their own young which take approximately 70 days (sometimes more) to fledge.

Diet is very important if your birds are to successfully breed. Plenty of fruit and veg should be provided when breeding as well as Passwell Soft Parrot food or Vetafarm Parrot Breeder is recommended, which is available at Birdsville.

Breeding Caique's
Breeding Caique’s

More information can be found in store 445 Gardeners Rd Rosebery or call Birdsville (02) 9667 2555