Originally Posted by aether-drifter
I have no caique experience, but I feel that I should chime in due to having spoken extensively with a few people that do have them.
Their good qualities seem to be that they are playful, loving, crazy in a charming way (if you're into that, haha), very hands-on, interactive, goofy, and adorable.
However, they can be VERY challenging. It's common for them to become "Jekyll and Hyde" birds once maturity hits...could be that captivity is just very difficult for them when faced with hormonal urges. This could apply to almost any parrot, but I've heard it said about caiques in particular. A couple of people tell me that their caiques have actually stalked them aggressively. And their bites are supposedly very, very nasty.
The impression that I get is that they are very complicated birds, and that despite their charming and funny nature, along with their small size, they need to be taken very seriously. Simply put, they can be a bit nuts! lol.
Yes, that can be very true. Like many birds, once they hit maturity there's the risk they go a little... crazy. Caiques are very much birds that live in extremes. If I remember correctly, they are one of the few parrot species that mate just for the fun of it, so I can see how that hormonal mating urge could easily go into overdrive. I can definitely say that the vicious ones are the most devious, determined
biters out there. We had a particularly nasty one at the pet shop when I started that eventually was traded in to a breeder for a baby, because there was no way it would be a pet. We gave her out of cage time, but she decided she hated me on my first day and stalked me every time I walked by the tree stand and then jumped onto the back of my jeans (basically on my butt
) and started climbing me to attack my face. I blocked her with a towel, but one day she did nab me and gave me the worst bite I've ever gotten and quite the scar. She sent one coworker to the hospital for stripping her finger to the bone and fracturing the bone, which I've never
seen in my time with birds, even with large macaw bites!
But, for me, the good outweighs the bad on these tikes, but I would definitely get them as a pair and get a same-sex pair so there's no breeding. My dream is a team of brothers
I almost took home a pair of boys I hand raised, but a customer bought them together and 5 years later they are still amazing pets for her. I think the biggest catch is giving them a productive outlet for their energy, and that's not easy to do. I would be willing to bet that's where many of the behavioral problems begin with these birds and then they just spiral out of control from there