I actuallly just adopted a Black Headed Caique from the vet hospital I work at. He came in knocking rather heavily on death's door and made a full (if not near full) recovery in the span of 24 hours. No one knows what exactly caused him to be ill so I kinda refer to him as my miracle bird.
His owners donated him to the hospital and I know very little about his past as a result. I don't know exactly how old he is, where he came from, or even much about his life prior to being at the hospital and now with me.
I've still kinda been learning his quirks and personality though I've had him with me at my apartment for a little over a month now. He's perhaps the best socialized psittacine I have ever had the pleasure of encountering as he loves attention and does not discriminate (for the most part) between who is giving it to him. He loves my boyfriend and since my boyfriend doesn't have a whole lot of bird experience Jake has been the perfect introduction to having a parrot live with us.
I'm still trying to urge him to be more comfortable playing and he will play for quite a while on his back or on his "perch" (we've dedicated a towel on top of one of our couches to his play area) but loses interest pretty quickly and generally is happiest sitting on my sweatshirt or on my boyfriend's hand watching tv with us.
For those of you with Caiques out there, may I please ask what their personalities are like?
and stubborn as all else! :0) We're working on consistently training him not to fly to the bathroom sink (where I keep my straightening iron) so he doesn't get burned and he's very persistent.
It's working--but slowly. And it's the only place he will consistently fly to. Then if the door is closed he will walk along the doorway with his head upside down and eye to the space between the door and floor to try and look in. It's almost as if it's his favorite room in the apartment and I wonder why. It is hilarious to watch...
The photo quality is pretty poor but it get's the point across ;0)