If you're considering getting a pet bird, a Caique parrot might be on your list. These colorful birds are a favorite among parrot owners for many reasons. Goober and Mouse are two Caiques that were adopted by their mom in 2014 and 2017. She's had them for a long time and has learned a lot about them. She shared some facts about them on Tuesday, February 6th that prove how cool these birds are.
From loving to wrestle around like pups to being known as "the clowns of the parrot species", these birds are much different than other pet birds I know about! They seem like they'd be a lot of fun to have around!
Which was your favorite fact? I like that they're considered class clowns, and also how cuddly they can be. @Goober and Mouse commenter @Jennifer Barone agreed, "I love caiques, they are such little goofballs!" But if they also have mood swings, it makes me wonder if they can be like cats - sweet and snuggly one minute and then clawing at you the next!
More Facts About Caique Parrots
I thought it would be fun to share some more facts about these parrots...both good and bad if you're considering a pet parrot. First off, these birds are highly intelligent and very busy. In fact, Goober's mom taught him how to moonwalk and it's adorable! They are very playful, so you'll definitely want to have toys and puzzles to keep them occupied when you aren't around or else, they get destructive. They love dancing, wrestling, and really love baths and showers.
When most people think parrots, they think that they can all talk. Caiques are not a parrot known for their talking skills, although they do like to mimic sounds and noises that they hear...and on that note, they are noisy birds! They love attention, and one way they get it is by being vocal.
Caiques can be very stubborn and headstrong, so if you let them out of their cage to wander around, you may have a hard time getting them back in. Also, if they don't know boundaries of what they can and can't get away with, they may become nippy.
Most of what I read mentioned that if you're a first-time bird owner, I Caique may not be a good bird to start with. If you're considering a pet bird for the first time, you may be better off starting with a canary, cockatiel, or a finch. If you're set on a parrot, both cockatiels and parakeets can learn to talk, and won't be as high maintenance as a Caique.
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