Indian Ringneck Parrots Information
Ringneck Parrots is also known as Rose-ringed parakeets. The Indian Ringneck Parrots originated from Asia, Pakistan, and southern India.
In recent years, the Indian Ringneck parakeets have become one of the most loved and popular pet birds. The most famous of Ringneck parrots is that they are wonderful talkers. They do accustom to humans very quickly.
In order to maintain their friendly personalities and tameness, regular handling is a must for these birds. Indian Ringneck parrots are medium size attractive birds. Their size is almost 14 to 17 inches. These parakeets have long tails and hooked red beaks.
Their natural color of wild birds is green. They are also social nature birds. These parakeets are highly intelligent and enjoy learning new things. Now, they come in a variety of colors, nowadays they are bred in different colors like yellow, white, blue, and other striking color combinations.
In Ringneck Parrots, Males and females look mostly alike. However, mature males can be identified by the ring around the neck. The males develop a black ring between 18 months and complete around in 3 years. The ring is highlighted with pink and blue.
The females don’t have a black ring; however, they show a lighter green ring. In this case, they also require a good caretaker who can spend time and tame them.
Breeding and Nesting:
In the natural range, rose-ringed parakeets mostly breed between February and March, although some breeding activities have been observed in April.
Breeding of Indian Ringneck parrots is not difficult, but these birds require some privacy. In the wild Ringnecked can breed once a year. But in-home breed, you can take the breed twice if you pick up the chicks on handfeed.
These birds are often housed in large aviaries and separated in pairs during the breeding season. These birds cannot be housed together as the female is aggressive and will kill any intruders that enter her territory.
When breeding season approaches, place a deep nesting box inside the aviary. Once the female is ready to start breeding, she will spend many hours inside the box. Breeders place wood shavings in the bottom of the breeding box.
Some females will remove this layer of wood shaving, but you should refill the nesting box. Ringneck parrot female lay between three to six eggs; one egg every other day. Females start incubating the eggs when they lay the second or third egg.
Their eggs incubation period is 23 to 25 days. Once hatched, the babies will stay with their mother until they are at least 10 weeks old or weaned. If the breeder has wished to hand-feed the chicks, they should be taken when the oldest chick is about 15 days old.
In 1-1/2 year (18 months) ringneck birds reach reproductive maturity. But they do not breed until they are at least 3 years old.
Rose-ringed parakeets are attractive and beautiful birds as well as goods parents for those wishing to start good breeding. Indian Ringneck parakeets come in a wide variety of beautiful mutation colors.
Indian Ringneck parakeet requires a large cage as ringneck birds have large tails and wings. Ringnecked Parakeets also likes to fly. The wire of the cage must be strong and low gauge 10 or 12.
The spacing between the wire or bars of the cage should be small enough that the Ringneck bird cannot stick his head through it.
It’s ideal size is half inch ½-inch. A grill must be installed on the bottom of the cage to keep the bird away from waste or spoiled food. Must clean the cage, food, and water bowls daily.
Indian Ringneck Parrots eat a variety of foods like vegetables, fruits nuts, and seeds. Seeds must in include in their diet. The recommended ratio of seeds is almost 40% of their whole diet. Pellets are also a good diet for them. Most parrots like to eat it.
Fruits and vegetables are also the most important part of their diet. Seasonal fruits and veggies should be given to birds. Always offer them fresh and washed food.
Green vegetables must be wash and dry in the hidden areas from the presence of direct sunlight before giving to the bird.
Ringneck Parrots Talking:
Rose-ringed parakeets are good talking parrots. And they, generally start talking around 8 to 10 months. Especially if their human spends quality taking time to them every day. The clarity of their voice is like a human.
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