The Ringneck parrot is one of the most popular small-medium sized parrots in the bird world. But unfortunately this loveable little parrot has gotten a bit of a bad reputation. Many people don’t understand these parrots and what it takes to take care of them.
Ringneck Parrots are about 37-43cm long. Their lifespan is 25-30 years. Some cases have even been reported of Ringneck Parrots living for up to 50 years! So these birds can live a long time, especially for small sized parrots.
The colors of these birds can vary. They can be albinos, or they can be bright blues, greens, and yellows. They are very colorful birds. The Ringnicd parrot is dymorphic (can tell gender difference by color and markings) like many other birds and parrots. Males have facial markings and red beaks, and they have colors around their necks. Females don’t have the facial markings and don’t have the bands around their necks. Some females do show a slight darkening of color around their necks, but it won’t be the same contrast of color seen in the male birds. Male birds reach sexual maturity at three years of age, and that is when their bands of color will be fully developed. So sometimes it can be hard to tell the gender of the bird until it has lived a few years.
The parrots are also commonly called parakeets, and there is a bit of a debate involving whether they should be called parakeets. Many people believe they’re budgies. While their tail does take up a lot of their length, they aren’t really exactly like budgies.
The conservation of these birds is least concern. They are even feral in some locations in Europe, and are even considered pests to certain people. In the wild, the birds eat: fruits, buds, vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds. So basically, they will eat anything that doesn’t involve meat. Because of the versatility in their diet, they have thrived. And maybe even too much in some areas.
They eat plants from a lot of gardens in urban areas. For most people, this isn’t a problem because the birds are quite adorable and “bring the garden to life” some people have said. But to people who grow plants as a living, the birds’ eating can be a problem. They will eat the plants those people sell which is an obvious problem.
Even though the birds are considered pests to some people, most people don’t have any problems with them. As general housepets, these birds are a good option for some people.
The Ringneck parrot generally have a sweet, charming, and social nature. But only if you spend time with them. They need a lot of attention. So these birds are typically best for people who have previously owned birds, or people who really know they can provide this bird with a lot of love and attention.
As pets, it is better to try to balance your bird’s diet. While it could live on the same diet it would receive in the wild, it is generally healthier to mix it’s diet up. You can give the birds a pelleted diet, or you give them fresh fruits with pastas and rice. Or you can do a mix. As always, it is important to refill and change your bird’s water and food daily to prevent any bacteria from growing and getting your bird sick.
These birds are very active. They like to play, and they do like to chew. It is best to get them some good chew toys in their cages so they don’t chew on anything valuable when they’re out of their cages. The Ringneck parrot is also an exceptional talker. Some have said the bird’s talking capability rivals even Amazons and African Greys. They are very smart and get bored easily, so providing them with new toys every once in a while can be good for both you and them.
In general, these birds are very easy to breed, and are very good parents. It is important to give them a deep nest box, because these birds like to feel safe. Be careful, because females during this season can go a little crazy. If you put her with a male she doesn’t like, she may injure him. So pay attention to how they interact with each other, and if they don’t like each other, you should probably get them both new mates.
Ringneck Parrots are beautiful and playful birds. Their native home is in India, but they have since spread all around the world. They are also getting more and more popular, and more and more people are falling in love with them. They are sweet lovable birds, that have plenty of smarts as well. So, if your looking for a bird like that, consider the Ringneck Parrot.