Caiques are a group of parrots in the genus Pionites. There are 4 species of caiques, all endemic to the Amazon Basin region in South America. These colorful birds have small, stocky bodies and short, squarish tails. They are typically recognized by their green, black, orange, yellow, white, and blue features – with heads being black and the ‘bellies’ being white.
These birds are known for their high energy levels and playful, mischievous personalities, which makes them popular as pets. Their outgoing nature has earned them the title of ‘clowns’ of pet birds, as they always keep their owners engaged with their antics.
Types of Caique Parrots
- White-bellied Caique (Green-thighed Parrot)
- Yellow-tailed Parrot
- Black-legged Parrot
- Black-headed Parrot (Black-headed Caique)
These birds are expert climbers and often like to walk, hop, and ride in cars.
How long to caiques live?
The average lifespan of caiques is between 25 and 30 years, with aviculturists believing the birds to be able to live for up to 40 years with proper care.
How much do caiques cost?
A single bird may cost anywhere between $700-$2,000. Caiques are pretty rare in the pet market, which makes them so expensive. Furthermore, female birds cost more than males.