|Black-headed Caiques are curious birds|
The Black-headed Caique is an attractive species and readily kept. They get about the aviary acting like clowns and love to explore their surrounds. They are by nature extremely curious and quite a rewarding species to keep.
|Wild Type Black-headed Caique|
This however is not a blog post about the Black-headed Caique and its housing etc. For a full article on Caiques refer to my article in Australian Birdkeeper Magazine Volume 27 Issue 4 available at www.birdkeeper.com.au
|Blue or Par Blue that is the question|
|Wild type left and the mutation on right showing considerable differences|
The mutation I am speaking of is often referred to as the blue mutation although it is thought that it may be a par blue mutation as the birds still display some yellow colouration. Where there is yellow colouration in a blue mutation it would be white. The mutation is recessive in inheritance which means both the hen and cock can be split for the mutation. As well as this both the hen and cock may display the mutation visually.
|Young birds like this one often show more yellow through the front.|
|A mature bird checking out the camera|