Species group: Psittacula
Other common names: Rose-ringed Parakeet; Ring-necked Parakeet, Senegal Ring-necked Parakeet (P.k. krameri)
Scientific name: Psittacula krameri krameri / Psittacula krameri parvorostris
The two subspecies of African Ring-necked Parakeets have been over-shadowed by their larger and more famous relatives, the two subspecies of Indian Ring-necked Parakeets. Indeed, the entire category is commonly called the “Asian Parakeets”, glossing over the African side of the family altogether. Relatively rare as pets, the African Ring-necked Parakeets offer the elegance of the Rose-ringed Parakeet in a slightly smaller, slightly more bashful package.
The nominate subspecies of the African Ring-necked Parakeet, P. k. krameri, is found in north western and north central sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from southern Mauritania to southern Sudan and northern Uganda. The other subspecies, P k. parvorostris, is found to the east, from eastern Sudan through northern Ethiopia and perhaps even northern Somalia. Oddly enough, the feral populations spreading throughout the world are probably only the Asian subspecies. Fortunately for the smaller Africans, the feral P. k. borealis colonies reported from Africa seem to be choosing areas where African Ring-necks don't occur anyway, so they are not competing for habitat.
Adult male African Ring-necked Parakeets develop an attractive black chin and black under-collar, as well as a handsome rose-colored ring around the nape of the neck. Females and juveniles have a faint yellow-green collar if you notice it at all. African Ring-necked Parakeets can be distinguished from the Indians by their size, since the Africans are noticeably smaller. Adults of the nominate subspecies, P. k. krameri, have a bright-red upper mandible tipped in black, while the lower mandible is black with dark red at the base. Adult P. k. parvorostris have a smaller beak featuring a bright-red upper mandible.
120 grams (4.25 oz.)
36 centimeters (14 in.)
Behavior / temperament:
The African Ring-necked Parakeet is not held as often as the Indian Ring-necked Parakeet, but by all reports, it offers much the same personality, except that there's more a risk of shyness or reversion to wildness. If you are seeking a single pet, you should select a domestic hand-fed baby, and make sure to spend some time socializing with the bird every day. You should also allow the young bird a chance to hear recorded voice lessons several times a day, because these birds can learn to speak with surprising clarity if you start early enough.
Although the wild birds gathering in their colonies are noisy and social, an individual African Ring-necked Parakeet is actually rather independent and could be aloof. Some birds could even revert to wildness, becoming phobic or anxious if you neglect them. You need to provide a good balance of time for the bird to interact with you, perhaps sharing dinner with you or practicing tricks and voice lessons. Don't assume that this cool customer is fine playing on its own, hour after hour, day after day. They do need to engage with you, or they will lose the ability to be social.
Because of the long, elegant tail, the African Ring-necked Parakeet will be happiest and show off best in the largest cage you can afford. A small macaw cage, provided the bar spacing wasn't too wide, might be the answer. A minimum size could be 36”w by 24' by 36” tall. A single pet should never be asked to share the cage territory with another bird. Females are particularly dominant, but you should maintain the sweetness of your pet by having a separate play gym stocked with foraging toys and other fun things to do. Teach your bird to step up on command onto a perch, so that you can easily move it from cage to gym and back again.
The African Ring-necked Parakeet is a tough, adaptable bird, but that's no reason to short-change your pet when it comes to diet. One expert suggests a diet based on 50% high quality pellets, 25% high quality seeds, and 25% fresh fruits and vegetables. The seed should include millet sprays, and the seed mix and sprays should be fresh enough to sprout.
To bring out the best color and to head off vitamin A deficiencies, be sure to offer plenty of high carotene vegetables like carrots, cooked yam and sweet potato, and pumpkin. Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, mustard greens, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, and parsley should also be added to the daily chopped salad.
The elegant African Ring-necked Parakeet may enjoy holding holding food to eat, so don't chop the salad pieces too fine. Let them pick up green peas in the pod or quartered fig for a nutritious snack. However, you must never offer avocado or chocolate, as these foods are toxic to parrots.
Written by Elaine Radford
naturally quiet nature, loving birds, apartment dwellers, strong bonds
bites, constant care
adequate socialization, single woman, playtime, cell phone ringtones
A very lovable bird
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..
From Lizelle Apr 25 2015 3:24PM
Baby - African Ring-Necked Parakeet
Baby, what can I say about Baby... I inherited Baby when my grandmother passed away. There was no plan for what would happen to Baby when my grandma couldn't care for her any longer. I guess people just don't want to plan for things like that. Baby way already about 30 years old when I got her. She had been alive for pretty much the same length of time that I had been, and I didn't know much about life-expectancy when I got her, but I hear that these birds can live up to 50 years or so.
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: If you're going to get into birds, do it when you're young. They live such a long time, and it's not nice trying to relocate them when they're older. They don't always adjust well.
I always enjoyed Baby when I was growing up, but that all changed once I became her proud owner. I was not prepared for a bird, never mind a bird that didn't adapt to change very well.
My opinion might be biased, but I hope it helps someone to make an informed decision.
The bird cage gets dirty really quickly, and it's a pain to clean. It's really messy and stinky. Birds can be mean if they are uprooted like Baby was. She was always so sweet when my grandma was in charge, but after coming to my home she got a bit nasty. (She was playful, and smart, and really affectionate before, and still could be, but the nastiness came frequently at my home because I believe I was a lot busier than my grandma, and couldn't give her the appropriate amount of attention that she needed).
This bird was noisey, talking, screaching, oh my. I could hardly manage to keep my sanity when she moved into my home.
She had health issues which really added to the expenses. Vet bills can add up really fast. They also go through food, water, and toys very quickly, so you always have to stay on top of it. It's like a full time job.
They also carry diseases and germs that can transfer to humans, especially children, so I didn't feel comfortable having her at home. We eventually found a good home for her with a single woman in our neighborhood who will look after her for the rest of her life. I'm glad..
From sharonsmall Nov 3 2012 4:43PM