White-bellied Caique

These medium-sized caiques are South American parrots blessed with a colorful appearance. Their jocund personality makes them a clown bird. So, bird enthusiasts who take a special interest in such birds should know these parrots require your attention to feel loved and appreciated. In return, they will bestow you with pure love and happiness.

White-bellied Caique

Quick Information

Other Names Apricot-headed caique, white-breasted caique, and white-bellied caique, green–thighed parrot
Color Peach head, yellow throat, white belly and green flight feathers
Size 9-10 inches (23-25 cm)
Weight 5.2-5.6 oz (150-160 gram)
Subspecies
  • P. Leucogaster Xanthurus (Yellowed-tailed caique)
  • Pionites l. leucogaster (Green-thighed caique)
  • Pionites l. xanthomeria (Yellow-thighed caique)
Distribution Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia and the Amazon Basin
Habitat Seasonally flooded woodlands, tropical forests with nearby water bodies
Diet Fruit, nuts, and seeds
Breeding age 2 years
Clutch size 3-4 eggs
Incubation period 25-27 days
Fledging 70-75 days
Lifespan 30-40 years
IUCN Conservation Status      Endangered
Temperament as pets  Energetic and social
Maintenance requirement Moderate
Noise level        Usually moderate but can emit high-pitched noise
Talking ability Neil

White Bellied Caique Parrot

White Bellied Caique as Pets

As pets

Housing

A stainless steel cage with a size of around 24X24X24 inches is good for the bird. Amongst other features, make sure it has horizontal bars (for climbing) and some perches (for grooming of nails). Keep it in a draft-free and well-ventilated place where natural light and air are moderate.

Temperature

They can bear cool temperatures with comfort and ease. So, ensure normal room temperatures for your pet bird.

Behavior and Temperament

They live up to their name “clown bird” with their agile, playful, and entertaining behavior. Playing with toys, climbing, whistling, hopping or bouncing are their favorite activities and they will never let you bore. They can’t talk like some of other parrots, but they can sing in different tunes. Their love for interacting with humans is phenomenal but when over-emotional they can even bite their favorite human.

White Bellied Caique Pictures

White Bellied Caique Size

Feeding

Seed mixed diet along with fresh fruits and vegetables should be given to the bird. It needs multivitamin as well, so include soluble or powder multivitamin.

Care

Talk to your pet so that it feels appreciated and finds a friend in you. It can learn many tricks and won’t hesitate to perform afterward. When you are not going to be around, arrange some playpens and toys to keep it busy. Your pet won’t mind spending some time with them at all.

Cleaning is an important chore you need to undertake on a regular basis. Wash the food and water bowl daily and change the drinking water twice every day. Disinfect the cage once in every week and during and after the process keep the bird in a separate cage. Get it back to the clean cage after it is well dried (preferably sun-dried).

White Bellied Caique Bird

White Bellied Caique Baby

Health problems

This healthy bird can rarely be affected by polyomavirus that attacks its gastroenteritis system along with the kidney, liver, and heart.

Price

It costs within a range of $1,200-$1,900

Interesting facts

Edward Lear, the British poet had made some illustrations of parrots which he named as Bay-headed parrot, and that is actually a white-bellied caique.

White Belly Caique

White bellied Caiques

Video: White-bellied Caique Singing

References

  1. https://www.petyak.com/birds/general-bird/articles/white-bellied-caique/
  2. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/Caiques/WhiteBelliedCaique.php
  3. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/Caiques/CaiquesProfile.htm#Problems
  4. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/caique/

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