Animal Stories - White-bellied Caique

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   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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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.

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.
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.
Sabrina - 2010-07-16
I have 2 white bellied caiques (Pixie and Ricky) and 1 black headed (Fidget) caique. Pix and Rick just had an egg a few days ago. We used to have 9 birds, but with the baby on the way, 10! 1 African Gray (Clementine), 1 cherry-headed conure (Tyson), 2 budgies, 2 cockatiels (Birdy and Henrietta), and the 3, soon to be 4, caiques. Caiques really are the best birds. Ricky lets me pick him up by the body, every morning you just wake up to whistles, Pixie is the sweetest of the Caiques, and Fidget (btw, she hates me. Bit me on the lip 3 times and the fingers 21 times. But who's counting, right?) says a few words. Birdy says 'hello' which kind of sounds like 'kerro'. He's still working on it. I hope we can get our new little baby to talk. The names are Scooter and Joan-z if its a boy and Mango if its a girl.

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

Jennifer - 2006-12-03
I am quite the bird lover, but of all the birds I've had, the most loving would definitely be my caiques. Right now, I have a senegal (Boogi), a red-bellied parrot (Nilla), a Black-capped Caique (Pop), and a White-bellied Caique (Buddy). Of them all, my caique's are the sweetest and most playful. Although not talkative, they make up for their talking ability with a lovable personality. They love annoying my Senegal and red-bellied, trying new foods, and singing to the wild birds they see when they're on the screened porch. They're very bold and love getting into trouble. Of all the birds in the world, the bird I would recommend most are caiques.

Anne - 2006-03-21
I have a white-bellied Caique who is a year and a half old. I have not had him sexed but believe him to be a male. He tries to feed me and is very affectionate. He has a little temper and hates to go back to his cage. Sometimes he stomps around on the bottom and flaps his wings and chattering. I think this is a temper tantrum. He says pretty and whistles with me. He's a wonderful pet and loves to have his feathers rubbed the wrong way on his head. He loves to take a bath and is very clean.