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Bored Caique?

Boredom busters for caique.

By Nikki Moustaki

Tips for entertaining bored pet birdsDoes the active, bouncy, clown-like caique need more enrichment than other birds? The current working theory in birds is that all species require a great deal of daily “enrichment” — essentially, activities that stimulate their natural instincts and allow them to mimic behaviors that they would perform in the wild.

Enrichment keeps birds entertained, healthy, fit and challenged mentally. So, does a more active bird need more enrichment? Should your caique have more toys than, say, your cockatiel? Ideally, they would both be equally well-off with birdy swag, but it’s probably a great idea to double the toy count for a caique. Wait — change that order to triple.

**For the full article, pick up the December 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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