Caiques (pronounced Kah-Eeks) are known for being clowns amongst companion birds. They have a playful personalities and love to hop around the floor.
The ‘why do caiques hop?’ question is one that many people ask, but their jumping doesn’t mean that they’re unhappy!
Let’s explore why they might be hopping in this post, as well as other tricks and information about them.
Why Do Caiques Hop?
Caiques tend to hop when they are excited, or when they are trying to get your attention. If you see them hopping around the floor, don’t be alarmed, it is most likely a sign that they are happy and excited about something.
Have you recently let your caique out of the cage or presented him with a new toy and noticed him hopping as a result?
If so, your caique is probably hopping to display his happiness and appreciation that you have just given him a new toy or treat.
Is My Caique Hopping Because It Is Hurt?
As mentioned above, many caiques will hop in excitement, and it is not generally more than a physical display. However, in some cases, your caique could be hopping because they are in pain or injured.
If your caique is hopping around on just one leg, then it could be because he has hurt that limb or nail and isn’t capable of walking very well.
To know for sure, you will need to observe your caique more closely to see if he is still hopping around on both legs when you are not looking.
These birds are known to be clown-like, and he could be doing it just because you are watching.
Observing your bird will also allow you to see if he appears to limp when he lowers his leg or if he is putting weight on the foot.
Is My Caique Hopping Because Of Other Birds?
If you have more than one caique then it could be that they are fighting with each other and why your bird might be hopping around.
It will also help to observe whether both caiques are moving in unison when they hop around.
If you notice that your caiques are hopping together, and both of them seem to be in good health with no injuries, then it is likely they like playing on the floor rather than fighting or displaying aggression towards one another.
You may also observe that birds who live together tend to mimic each other’s behaviors; why your caiques might be hopping because they are copying each other.
Teaching Your Caique To Hop As A Trick
As mentioned above, these birds love to play and perform tricks. That is how they earned their reputation as clowns!
If you want to teach your caique a trick, why not try making them hop? It is simple enough for any caique owner to train their bird how to do it!
Just place some treats on the floor in front of him and encourage him to pick up his feet as he walks towards them. He will soon get the hang of it and will start to hop towards them before he picks up his feet.
You can speed things along by placing a treat on top of each foot as your bird hops forwards, but make sure you use small treats so they don’t take too long!
Be patient with him though – if he seems confused or frustrated, don’t push him too hard!
As with most bird training, why not break it down into smaller steps, so he doesn’t get discouraged?
For example, why not have your caique pick up one foot at a time instead of both feet every second step. This can help to build his confidence and ensure that you don’t confuse or upset him.
As your caique learns the trick, why not try giving it a name?
You can call out to him and say ‘hopping’ or whatever you think would sound cute when he hops, but make sure he knows what command means!
Encourage his good behavior by rewarding him with praise and more treats once he has mastered the trick!
Remember to keep training sessions short and fun; why not stop when he starts looking tired or distracted?
He may learn faster if you vary up where you train him too; why not try practicing in different rooms of your home, so it doesn’t become a chore for him.
You Can Learn All About Caiques In This Book:
- McMichael PhD, John C. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 148 Pages - 03/01/2010 (Publication Date) - Avian Publications (Publisher)
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