Black-Headed Caique


The black-headed caique is a ball of energy that likes to entertain with its clownish acrobats. Its upbeat, playful and loving personality gives bird enthusiasts a reason to like this parrot. These pet birds are comical, fearless and rarely back down to anyone or anything. Black-headed caiques like to be the center of attention but do not require constant attention. They can be fun birds to watch as they entertain themselves by playing and wrestling. Because this pet bird likes to play with its toys and hang upside down, provide a cage large enough for it to spread its wings, flap and hang around.

Behavior / Health Concerns

If not kept well entertained, the black-headed caique can become destructive and prone to screeching. They are generally hardy, but keepthe cage clean as they like to play and bounce around on the cage floor. This pet bird can be beaky and does sometimes become aggressive with other birds in the household, but the beakiness is exploring with their beak. If they are watched closely, the aggressive behavior can be controlled.

Expert Advice

“The black-headed caiques are more adventurous, sweeter dispositioned, and very inquisitive.”

Vicki Johnson, owner of Caique, Capers, and Mews

“Many caiques develop the odd habit of sleeping on their backs. They appear quite lifeless until they suddenly scramble up to greet you!”

Greg Burkett Diplomate ABVP Avian

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
South America
Medium, 9 inches
Life Expectancy:
30 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Fair, likes to play, so benefits from trick training and can mimic sounds.