Species group: Psittacula
Other common names: Ring-neck Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Green Parakeet, Long-tailed Parakeet (any of these names have been used to refer to the African Ring-necked Parakeet subspecies as well), Boreal Ring-necked Parakeet (P. k. borealis), Northern Rose-ringed
Scientific name: Psittacula krameri borealis / P.k. manillensis
The Indian Ring-necked Parakeet, especially the successful P. k. manillensis subspecies, has been kept as a pet at least since the days of Alexander the Great, and it is one of the most highly regarded talking parrots of all time. They are gregarious and yet lack a strong pair bond, so they are capable of independent play and rarely become one-person birds.
The two subspecies of Indian Ring-necked Parakeets originate from the Indian subcontinent, with the Northern Rose-ringed Parakeet, P. k. borealis, found in northern India and Pakistan, Nepal, and as far to the east as central Burma. The classic subspecies, often simply called the Indian Ring-necked Parakeet, P. k. manillensis, is the southern subspecies, found not just in peninsular India but on the island of Sri Lanka as well.
These adaptable and wide-ranging birds, especially the beloved P.k. manillensis, have escaped into the wild and created feral populations all over the world. Introduced colonies of Indian Ring-necked Parakeets may be found in five of the seven continents, excluding only Australia and Antarctica.
Adult males 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. Most normal mutation green pets you'll encounter are P.k. manillensis, but if you find an adult male Indian Ring-necked Parakeet with a brilliant, all-red bill, you have P. k. borealis. The two African Ring-necked Parakeet subspecies are smaller than the Indian subspecies.
Breeders have developed a mind-boggling variety of color mutations, including blue, cobalt, lutino, violet, cinnamon, and many, many more.
115 - 125 grams (4 - 4.4 oz.)
40.5 centimeters (16 in.)
20 - 25 years
Behavior / temperament:
If you are seeking a single pet, you should select a domestic hand-fed Indian Ring-necked Parakeet in the color of your choice, 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 Indian 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 Indian 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 Indian 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 Indian 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
loving birds, cute mimicker, excellent companions, favourite species, great personality, colours..
messy bird, high pitched scream, sharp beak, mood changes, painfull bite, nippy
softest feathers, sheer variety, long tails
Marky was the first pet I got when I first moved to the country. He was great company, and loved to be with us all the time. My partner use to take him to the pub every Friday on his shoulder. He never attempted to fly off, although his wing was clipped, just in case.
Like all parrots, Marky loved to screech. He used his significant voice to let us know whenever he was unhappy or wanted something. After some time, the screeching did settle down and we were usually able to tell what it was that Marky wanted. His usual problem was that he just didn't want to be in his cage, and wanted to be with us. Because he was so easy to have, Marky was usually out of his cage anyway.
Although Indian Ringnecks are extremely sociable animals, we did have a small problem with biting. If a stranger tried to pat him, Marky would often try and take a chunk out of their hand. He was often successful.
Overall, I would say that, although he was highly strung and often disagreeable, Marky was a great friend, and I would recommend this type of bird to anyone that is prepared to spend a lot of time with them. If you work all day and the bird will be alone, it is a good idea to have two, so they can keep each other company..
From Neurons Sep 22 2015 8:17PM
The Splendid Colors of the Ringneck
I fell in love with ringnecks at a bird show, where I saw my first lutino (all yellow) and violet colored mutations. Simply gorgeous. I soon found out that there are a multitude of mutations out there, olive color, albino, sky blue, lacewing, pied, etc. For sheer variety of mutations, I think the ringnecks are right up there as the most colorful in variation and intensity of colors. The wild color of these birds are usually just green. They have large bills in proportion to their size but are usually docile in nature.
The birds themselves are wonderful as well. Usually around 12-14 inches. They have long tails and the males often show their rings around the neck around 2 years. I've trained many to talk, to step up and to free fly with ease. They are smart as a whip. I was pleasantly surprised that some of these birds can become excellent talkers. Clear words.
Many ringneck fanciers swear by them and are loyal to this breed like I've rarely seen in other birds. These fanciers aim for the unique colors and patterns and spend lots of time and money to achieve these results. There are several clubs and sites devoted just to ringnecks.
Some of the issues noted by me and my friends are that these birds can be loud, especially when they are upset or alarmed. Their usual squak is unique and somewhat annoying. Although they can easily be tamed, they seemed to require daily handling or they'll revert back to their wild state. Some of my birds, for some reason, tended to bite and when they are upset or scared.
As pets, the ringnecks are awesome and majestic. The bonus perks are that the come in gorgeous colors and they can talk and mimic and are relatively active birds. Many friends that come over have always commented on how pretty the ringnecks are and are usually surprised that they can be tamed and mimic. Count the ringneck as one of my favorites types of birds for sure..
From jysesq Feb 15 2014 5:53PM
Indian Red Ring Parrot
A friend of mine gave me Sammy, an Indian Red Ring Parrot.
Sammy was 3 years old at the time and had been successfully taught by my friend how to say "Watcha doin Sammy" and "Sammy's a pretty boy! Yeah!"
I tried for several months to teach Sammy some new lingo, even some Spanish and talked myself dry with no success.
I had to kittens at the time which may have made Sammy nervous but he wasn't very friendly during his year long stay with me.
He sang beautifully and made the cutest clicking noises and would rub his head against my finger on good days :)
Finally, my brother had enough of the shrill bird calls Sammy would make and I had to give him away to a better home. (Last I heard the new owners have already taught him how to say "Let's go Bronchos!"
Not the bird for me, but gorgeous and quite a character...
With patience, this type of parrot may be the perfect fit for another with it's fantastic energy and speech!.
From Stephanie_1 Apr 12 2014 8:24PM