Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been kept in captivity from as early as 200 B.C. In their home country of India, where they were prized for their ability to mimic language. A medium bird of 16 inches, they can live for over 25 years when cared for properly. They have become available in a variety of colors including Albino, Lutino, Blues, and Greens (orginal color).
Indian Ringnecks are dimorphic which means they can be sexed visually by their mature colorings. Males have deep red beaks, black facial markings, and three bands of color around their necks. Females lack the facial and collar bands, although some do display a barely slight darkening of color around their necks. Both are very beautiful!
Indian Ringneck Parakeets orginate in India and Asia.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets require a well-balanced diet of a parrot seed mix, parrot pellets, fresh fruits, and vegetables. They enjoy enrichment with their diet such as cracking open nuts and foraging for fresh foods should be available for each pet bird.
Once a bonded pair is established, the hen will lay 3 to 6 egg. Incubation is about 23 days.
A large cage that is for any mid to large sized parrot species is ideal. Parrots like to be around the family, so it is best to place the bird cage in an area free of drafts and where the family spends the most time, usually the living or dining room. The cage should be large enough for the bird to extend its entire wingspan.
Ringnecks get bored very easily, and will often chew and have other destructive behavior if left to their own alone without daily interaction and attention. Ringnecks that are handled often and properly cared for can have sweet, loving personalities.