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 As most readers know, I love hearing stories about parrots and I love to tell them! I will add more stories to this section of the website. If you have a great parrot story, I would love to read it!

I can't guarantee that these photos are in absolute order since the wrestling match lasted almost 10 minutes. However, the last photo in the series actually happened last with the vanquished on his back and the winner looking over him. I never got bored watching them play because there is nothing as amusing and entertaining as caiques interacting with each other. 



A couple of years ago when I spoke at Bird Paradise in New Jersey, I witnessed a situation between a young Black headed Caique and a young Hawk-headed Parrot that I thoroughly enjoyed. Although the series of photos I took don't do the event justice, it is the best I could do at the moment. In the first photo at the top left, the Hawk-head is walking along minding his own business when the Caique grabs a hold of his tail. In the second photo in the upper right, the Caique hangs on to the Hawk-heads tail as the larger bird takes him on a ride through the habitat. On the lower left, the Hawk-head tries to climb on to a perch but has some added weight on his tail. Once he gets up on the perch, he looks down to see what the added weight is as the Caique continues to hold onto his tail. It is only once the Hawk-head stops moving around that the Caique gets bored and lets go of the bigger bird's tail.



If Spike’s new found friends aren’t careful, he will climb onto their heads and rat around in their hair. I don’t allow my high-energy black-headed caique on my head because I have a tender scalp and he can become quite involved with his yanking and pulling. For some reason I don’t understand, some people seem to think that this form of “torture” from Spike is fun. Preferring long hair, he grabs several strands, pulling them through his beak as he puffs the feathers on his cheeks rubbing his face vigorously through the hair. He can become quite frenzied, flopping around and sometimes hanging in his “victim’s” face. I’ve never known him to be the one to stop as even his most ardent ‘groupie” can’t tolerate this attention for very long.

Feeling Like Gulliver During My Travels

by Sally Blanchard

Several years ago,  Spike and I were visiting with Nancy Buelow and her family in North Carolina. She was a quality breeder and raised quite a few caiques. I had gotten up very early in the morning and it took quite some time to get up in the mountains to where the Buelows lived. I was tired and took a nap on the couch before dinner. As I woke up I became aware that something was going on around me since I heard whispers and stifled laughter. Then I felt a strange sensation on my body. I woke up and realized that I have caique youngsters climbing all over my body. Suddenly I felt like Gulliver must have felt in the land of the Lilliputians. 


With their combination of high energy and curiosity, most companion parrots could easily be described as accidents waiting to happen. As careful as we may be, accidents can and do happen. Spikey Le Bec had a side door on his old cage. A quick-link (tightened with pliers) on it kept it locked. I had no idea he had been working the quick-link preparing for his break out and had it loosened enough so he could escape his cage and go on a grand adventure. My house cleaner had pushed Spike’s cage too close to the window behind his cage. Spike escaped and then rappelled across the curtains to the kitchen table. He then climber the microwave cord to get to a couple of packages on top.

Luckily, I was in the other room and heard a crashing sound. I rushed into the dining room and found him just regaining his composure from a fall from the top of the microwave onto the table. He was covered from head to toe with chocolate powder, trying to shake it off of his body. He had pried the loose lid off of a can of chocolate powder and fell into it while trying to dip his beak into the powder. He managed to knock the can off and fell with it to the table ... the contents sprinkled him thoroughly on the way down. While I really enjoy chocolate, I was not very happy about this chocolate-covered caique. I called my avian veterinarian immediately for advice, and Spike had to have a few “real" baths. Luckily, he had not consumed any of the chocolate. Since that time, I make a habit of checking the various doors and latches on my parrots' cages on a regular basis ... particularly Spikey. I know that he is not the type of highly curious, energetic parrot who would stay alive very long if he was allowed to explore the house on his own. 

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