9585, South Africa
Posted Apr 25, 2015
I have had experience with birds most of my life and practically grew up with them. Our African Ring neck parakeet, named Nuri, is one of the most loving birds we have ever owned. When we got him he immediately chose me as the person to show all his affection to and wanted nothing to do with anybody else in my family.
He requires a lot of attention and loves it when I talk to him and rub him or kiss him! He sometimes makes me crazy because he calls me all the time. If he was allowed out of his cage I am sure that he would walk around the house to come look for me.
Our Ring neck can mimic sounds exceptionally well, especially cell phone ringtones, but he isn’t really a singer. He is a beautiful light green Ring neck with the black stripe around his neck only starting to appear now.
His diet consists of a parrot seed mixture, fresh fruits and water. He loves to bathe himself in his water every now and then. He enjoys playing with toys we get him at the Pet Shop and they usually don’t last very long since he destroys them!
Birds’ feathers has to be clipped often so they won’t be able to fly away accidentally. Their nails and beaks also need to be filled down every once in a while.
African Ring neck parakeets are lovely birds to have as pets. They are affectionate and they do require a lot of attention.
People considering getting this bird as a pet should keep in mind that they can grow quite old (some say 50 years) and that the bird might outlive them. They should also consider that birds as pets become part of the family and when taking vacations you either have to take them along or get someone really reliable to take care of them but then they should be aware that the bird could undergo tremendous stress and might pull his feathers or refuse to eat etc.