Animal Stories - White-bellied Caique

Animal-World Information about: White-bellied Caique

   The White-bellied Caique or White-breasted Caique has a very active nature Guaranteed to get into anything and everything it can!
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Anonymous - 2020-06-11
My baby is always crying like he always hungry is this normal his feeding are great fecal matter looks. Great is it normal

Summer - 2008-11-14
I love my Caique. I have always had dogs and fish. My guy is name Cai, he is 8 months old, and I swear it's like having a 2yr old child. The only time he stops moving around is when he goes to bed. He hates staying in his cage and throws a fit when I go to put him back in. He has tons of toys. All the blogs that I read, say feed veggies but Cai will not touch them. I can't think of another bird that could give me as much laughter as ths one does, he is so friendly with everyone that comes to visit, and everyone has said if they ever owned a bird, it would be that one. Of corse they are always saying they want to steal Cai from me because he is so friendly. So if you ever think of getting a bird, these guys are great

Michelle - 2017-06-28
I've been raising caiques for 17 years and I'm still figuing it out! It is normal for hen to pluck chest this helps to keep eggs warm and is a good sign for future babies! I would just take out broken egg and leave the rest alone. Sometimes they eat an egg trying to get more calcium. When you notice they have started breeding add 1-2 almonds daily and a small piece of hard cheese to their diet. Best to just stay out of nest box unless checking or marking eggs( with water based magic markers) I once pulled out male like you did and hen killed her baby! Also always trim nails when you notice breeding cuz sharp male nails on hen will hurt her and no proper contact is made!

Maria - 2017-06-15
I have a pair of White-Bellied Caiques male and female, she is 7yo and he is 5 yo. She recently laid three eggs. one was cracked and there was nothing inside I took the other 2 out froze them then warmed them and replaced them in her nesting box that she loves. I left the eggs in the box for approximately 2 weeks, then I removed them. I spent a lot of social time her so she wouldn't get to freed out, but I noticed that she started plucking her chest feathers. I have the birds separated in a very large cage and I have been keeping the male on his side unless they are on an outside perch. I don't know what to do with her as far as the plucking is concerned. Does anyone have advise with this problem, instead of taking her to the vet. The closest one to me is 30 minutes away and expensive. Please help..

bob - 2012-06-10
Are they loud make much noise live in a condo? Would love to have one just worried about noise for neighbors.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-10
    They are expressive in their little tweets and sounds but they are not loud.  I don't see any way that a neighbor in a condo would hear them.  Not as loud as a microwave beeper or shower running.  They are vocal (not words) but can express themselves but just not loud.  They are essentially the comics of the parrot world and a lot of fun.  They pretty much get along with everything and everyone.  This is a great first bird, also.  Much much fun.
  • Hank - 2012-07-14
    I have had my caique for a little over a year...she can be loud at times. As I'm typing she is screaming in her cage.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-14
    Just say where you are.  She can't see you and she hears someone in the home and gets scared cuz she can't find her 'flock'.  She just wants to make sure you are there and not a stranger.  If she knows it is you - she won't be upset.  If you are at work, they play.  There isn't another person in the home so its quiet.  If you are home, they want to be with you.
  • keith - 2015-05-09
    Love caiques, they are curious and stubborn. they like to be envolved in eveything you are doing. their sounds are not unpleasant like the conures they like to be talked to and whistled to and always respond back with a whistle and some birdie speak. Mine like to be with you all the time while you are doing chores. they explore every cup and bowl they see, and are not shy birds, Caiques are high energy pets and dont get tired like other birds this means keep an eye on them while the are out of the cage. they are fearless compared to other breeds. very big eaters and are not picky. Mine plays very rough like kitten on its back biting and scatching [wrestling] lot of fun all the time love love these little powerhouse birds.
  • April - 2015-05-07
    yes, my caique always squawks when ever i get home from a long day out. they grow really close to you, so now every time i walk in, she greets me with a squawk, glad to see im home.
Allison - 2012-10-03
How can I train my caique to say a word or two? He is about a year old? Is he still trainable? He does a few tricks and mimic a cricket chirping but no words yet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-03
    Caiques are very very trainable - to play.  They have been taught hoops, basketball, riding a scooter - all sorts of different play and just having fun.  They are extremely expressive and will love you and scold you.  However, I have never heard of one talking - they will make many sounds and i guess it is us to understand their language. 
  • paula - 2014-09-13
    I have a wbc named Abe and he speaks quite clearly. He is always asking 'what cha doing' very appropriately and says pretty bird and I'm a pretty pretty pretty pretty bird and is learning peek a boo and hi david. He also barks, quacks and wolf whistles so keep trying.
Hanni Nelson - 2013-02-18
I have a male white bellied caique. I purchased him from Patricia Riddle the owner of parrotville in Ohio. He is a doll! A handful but a glorious handful. Such a clown, everyday he does something new to make us laugh. Just like any little thing he has his faults too. He has a fiery little temper, but that's part of what we love about him! I think WBC are wonderful pets but are a big bird in a small body. We love that but what works for us may not be for all. I also highly recommend Parrotville. Ray would not be our spunky Ray had he not been raised up as good as he was.

Sarah - 2009-02-24
I love the white bellied caique parrot when I was working in Birds International Incorporated as a handfeeder. The supervisor had always given me that caique as I have to take good care. As a handfeeder we take care them and love them so much. I handled a lot of caiques and I love them very much because they are playful and love to play, and seems they know who takes care of them. I really miss them so much.

donna - 2012-01-18
How could I know if my bird is a girl or boy

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  • donna - 2012-01-18
    and any body how do we know if my white bellied caique is a boy or girl
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    There isn't any 100% way to determine wheher a white belly is a male or female without DNA sexing. You can purchase the DNA sexing kits ditrectly from the lab and the ads for the labs are listed in the back of Bird Talk Magazine. That said, most of the time with a 90% degree acuracy a breeder will be able to tell you whether you have a boy or a gal. The head of the male (from the eyes up the top of the head and over the top and down to the back of the head to the neck) is flatter than the females with a slight (real slight) ridge at the back of the head. The females head from the eyes and up and over the head and down the neck is a smooth curve. A female is broader in the body than the male - especially in the pelvic or lower abdomen region. The pelvic bone of the male is tighter together than the female. It sure is a whole lot easier to see these things when you have a boy and a girl. Now if it lays an egg - it is definitely a gal. Either way the white belly is a comic, entertaining, lots of fun and a great companion.
Terri G - 2010-04-15
My husband came home with a Caique tonight. We had a senegal a few years ago and I did know what to expect and she is so sweet. I am really happy for him getting her. Can anyone out there tell me what the going price is for the Caiq? I don't know much about that bird yet, but I plan to read up on her. Any information is more than I know. Thanks much

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  • Candy - 2010-05-22
    You can expect lots of fun and laughs. The going price for most is around $1000.00 this year due to the strange winter and late spring we had. The weather affected all of the breeding birds. Thus, they are in great demand. These birds are the best. They are very entertaining. You can't help loving them. Enjoy.
  • Lnet - 2010-07-23
    I have seen them priced in the $700 to $1100 range in Miami. $700 is supposed to be a real bargain, as I was told.
  • Josh - 2010-08-22
    Hey, Terri, the average price for a baby white bellied Caique is around $850 to 1200. The Black Headed are a bit cheaper and so are the males. I have a female White Bellied and she was $1200, but this also included her first shots, hatch certificate and DNA results.

    They need lots of toys, room and 1:1 attention! Fresh greens and fruit..also, as you know, a good NON COLORED pelleted diet like Roudybush, Harrisons, TOP Pellets, etc. ( I stay away from ZuPreem and other colored ones...too high in sugar and preservatives)
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-27
    Caiques generally go from 800-1400 hundred dollars a bird. I have two and spent $2400 for the both of them.