My name is Darwin and I’m a rather handsome Black Headed Caique of about 15 years of age.
I’ve been with my current foster dad for a while now, but he is moving to the USA and can’t take me with him. So, it’s time to find another family to call my own.
Like most caiques I enjoy playing on the floor, and often follow my foster dad around. So, you will need eyes in the back of your head to make sure I haven’t got underfoot whilst I hop along behind you.
My foster dad has variable work hours, so I am used to not having a consistent routine. I do like to have as much time out the cage as possible though.
I’m usually a very quiet and peaceful birdy, but can equally have “a moment” if I’m being ignored or am displeased. Water spray bottles are a prime example – these should not be used in my presence as I object to being showered. I also object to having my toenails cut, and unless you’ve very experienced and have at least four hands its best that I go to a vet for a pedicure now and then.
Over the years I’ve changed my allegiance over who I like. I was handed in because I wasn’t fond of my origianl owner’s husband, but I loved my mum and youngest son. I adore my current foster dad, and in his house I used to be very happy going to men, women and children. However, as I’ve reached sexual maturity, I’ve become more challenging to handle and pretty much a one-man bird. I have a swift bite ready for anyone I don’t like the look of. New fosterers would be well advised not to make nesty spots for me to hang out in, as this will only increase my hormonal behaviours.
I have a great appetite and I eat almost anything. I particularly love to get messy with soft fruits. Walnuts are my ‘treat’ food, so make sure you have a stash of them handy please.
My current foster dad says I would be best with a single owner with no children because I am a one person bird and can have unpredictable behaviour around others. Despite this I’m a lovely and loving boy and will make someone who can handle me a loyal and fun friend. Are you up for the challenge?