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Black headed caiques

These playful birds are from South America - they are popular due to their bright colouring, but are extremely demanding as pets.

About black headed caiques

Common NameBlack headed caique
Scientific NamePionites melanocephalus
Native toSouth America
Natural HabitatForests
DietSeeds, fruits and flowers
Life ExpectancyUp to 22 years
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (3.1)

About our caiques

We have 6 black headed caiques; a pair and four young animals.

How we care for our caiques

Our black headed caiques are housed in our Birds of the World Aviary, in our arboretum.

They have a large outdoor aviary with mesh panels, with branching for perching and double mesh to protect them from predators.

They also have an indoor aviary, with nest boxes, perching branches and their feeding and water stations.

Our black headed caiques are fed bird seed, fruit and vegetables.

How you can help caiques

Although they are not threatened in the wild, you can help black headed caiques by:

  • making sure that you don't buy wild caught animals as pets
  • making sure that you don't release pet animals into the wild
  • thinking carefully before buying exotic pets - they can be difficult to look after and require specialist care