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
Chestnut that chatter box
A friend of my parents had two African ring necked parakeets. He was moving and my dad loves birds, so we decided to take them in. Chestnut was the easier bird, Lolli, not so much. I was mostly responsible for their care, because I INSISTED to get them. They're amazing birds, incredibly smart, and not at all what I expected. Birds are MESSY. This was hard for me to deal with as I like things neat and tidy. It was rewarding to be able to train them and also being able to handle these beautiful animals. My favorite boy was Chestnut. He was the easier of the two, and I was still quite young when we got them, so I took to him. He had a lot to say! I had only ever been around Budgies so this was amazing to me, the talking. He was a great conversationalist. He was incredibly docile and enjoyed being out of his cage, sitting on someone's shoulder and mimicking everything they had to say to him. We did not keep these birds for long, as we had a hard time caring for them. The birds really require an experienced owner, and luckily my father knew just the person, a local bird store owner. The bird store owner kept the two together as his own, and we visited them often. The store eventually closed down, but we receive updates occasionally and they are still doing well! I believe their life span is between 20 to 30 years, so they still have lots of life in them!.
From AmberForsythe17 Feb 5 2019 2:54PM
Birds are pretty messy. My parakeets were especially messy eaters. It was difficult for me personally to own birds because I am a neat freak! I was vacuuming pretty much everyday. There is really not much else you can do about the mess besides cleaning up after them often. Frequent vacuuming is a necessity when owning birds!.
From AmberForsythe17 628 days ago
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