Size: 40 cm / 16 inches
Life Expectancy: 25 - 30 years
About Indian Ringneck Parakeet
Originally from parts of Africa, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, these long-tailed parakeets are in reality parrots; and when raised in a loving, caring environment, can easily grow to be gentle lovable pets.
The Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been held in admiration and esteem since ancient times. They are a large parakeet, sought after for the superiority in their form and beauty, their ability to speak, their intelligence and trainability, and because they are easy to breed. The Indian Ringneck Parakeet has been a long time favorite for bird lovers!
Indian Ringnecks are available in shades ranging from bright yellows, greens, and blues, to albinos. Like a few other bird species, they are known as dimorphic, meaning that a bird's sex can be determined by its colors and markings. Males sport deep red beaks, black facial markings, and three bands or color around their necks. Females, while still beautiful, lack the facial and collar bands, although some do display a barely slight darkening of color around their necks.
Origin of Indian Ringneck Parakeet
The Indian Ringneck Parakeet originated in Ceylon. To be more precise, Indian Ringnecks are native to Asia and Africa and can be seen in the forests or arid environments. It's not uncommon to see them thrive in urban areas as well. They have established colonies in environments, which are not native to them, some major points of interest include California, Florida, and the UK.
Continued daily handling is necessary to retain their friendly, gentle nature of your Indian Ringneck Parakeet. If subjected to the amount of attention required only by daily necessary chores of watering, feeding and cage maintenance, they will undoubtedly become nippy and unfriendly quite quickly.
To maintain a bond with the owner these social creatures must be given adequate quality attention and play time on a daily basis. Like all Ringneck Parakeets the Indian Ringneck is easy to teach and tame. These beautiful birds are also quite hardy making them favorites for novice and expert hobbyists alike.
Other special characteristics are:
- Indian Ringnecks are known to be great at learning tricks.
- They need a roomy cage to move around and play.
- When taught to speak properly, these beautiful parrots can easily acquire an extended vocabulary. They are highly intelligent birds, and have been reported to master vocabularies of up to 250 words.
- These Parakeets, however can have a loud scream.
- Ringnecks, as with most other pet birds, can be destructive chewers.
Although the Indian Ringneck has something of a reputation for being nippy and hard to tame, it is largely undeserved. Because they are so smart, Indian Ringnecks get bored very easily, and will often resort to chewing and other destructive behavior if left to their own devices. They also go through a bluffing stage during adolescence that is difficult for some owners to manage. Indian Ringnecks that are handled often and properly cared for, however, generally have sweet, charming personalities that make them a favorite of bird enthusiasts everywhere.
Indian Ringneck Parakeet As A Pet
Indian Ringnecks are intelligent parrots and do make great pets. They learn concepts quickly and love to show off. Along with being intelligent, they are great at talking. Quaker Parakeets are known for their talking ability; however, an Indian Ringneck can speak with clarity that's phenomenal.
These birds are truly masters at talking for their size and can easily compete with Quakers, Grays, and Amazons. With adequate attention, handling, and love, an Indian Ringneck Parakeet can quickly become a beloved companion and family member.
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