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Zac (Owner Elisabeth DeSimone)
Green. Yellowish-orange head, darker on crown/neck. White breast and belly. Blue primaries. Green abdomen and thighs (yellow in subspecies xanthomeria). Yellow undertail coverts; periopthalmic ring pale pink. Eyes red, beak horn-colored, legs pinkish. Immature birds have underparts yellowish-white; crown and area around eye marked with black- sometimes heavily, sometimes only a few feathers- pink beak marked with black, iris brown.
Undeterminable by appearance. DNA or surgical sexing is the only way of knowing for sure. Males are more common in this species.
Brazil, south of the Amazon, west to eastern Peru and possibly eastern Ecuador.
Caiques are extremely playful birds that love to interact with people. When well-socialized, these highly intelligent creatures will happily go to anyone. Nurturing dominance cannot be emphasized enough, however, because if left to their own devices, caiques can become pushy, dominant and aggressive. They need plenty of chewable toys to keep their strong beaks busy.
Caiques are usually only as loud as their environment. They do have a shrill call, which some people find irritating. Single pets are much quieter than pairs.
White-bellieds run from about $750- $1,000 from a breeder, and about $1,000-$1,500 from a pet shop. Females are often slightly more expensive due to their rarity.
Updated : 10/2022
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