Rose-ringed parakeet Personality, Food & Care

Rose-ringed parakeet

Indian ringneck parrots are also called indian ringneck parakeets because of their long tail and medium size. Thus, the exceptional speaking abilities, the attractive personality and the elegant color are some of the features which have made the Indian ringneck parakeet very popular as a companion bird.

The Indian Ringneck Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot; he measures on average 40 cm (16 in) in length, his long tail has the largest portion. Each wing is about 16cm (6-7 in) long. Their weight between 115 – 140 grams (4-5 oz).

Indian ringneck colors

Indian ringneck males and females have a distinctive green color. These two sexes differ in one characteristic: the ring.  Males have black red and black neck ring while females and immature Indian ringneck parrots no collar.

More than thirty beautiful color mutations of the Indian ringneck parakeet subspecies are also kept as pets, such as lutino-yellow-buttercup, and powder-blue- varieties, albinos, violets, olives, and pieds are color morph mutations of the rose-ringed parakeet but they lack the rings of their normal counterparts.

Habitat & distribution

Rose-ringed parakeets are referred to as ring-necked parakeet, they are situated in Africa and South Asia. Four subspecies are recognized in these two areas though they differ little because the Indian subspecies are both larger than the African subspecies.

+African rose-ringed parakeet
+Abyssinian rose-ringed parakeet

+Indian rose-ringed parakeet
+Boreal rose-ringed parakeet

Indian ringneck parakeets travel in large flocks-100 birds or more- because of their social nature, as most other parrots. They originally lived in semi-desert and timbered areas. Recently, they also live in urban areas as well as farmed areas because of their good adaptation to human beings.


Like all birds, in the wild, Indian ringneck parrot’s diet consists mainly of buds, grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, seeds. In the wild, the Indian ringneck diet depends on which place they live in. For example in India, they feed on cereal grains, and during winter also on pigeon peas.

Thus, in captivity, the owner should provide his bird with a large variety of food which must be healthy and balanced in order to avoid health problems. And, as we always say, oils, salts, chocolate, alcohol, and other toxic ailments should be avoided.

Nutri-Berries, Avi-Cakes, and Premium Daily Diet are some of the Lafeber foods that support the Indian ringneck parrots basic nutrition and makes it different.

Ringnecks cage

As we said earlier, Indian ringneck parakeets are medium-sized parrots, however, they need a larger cage this is due to their long tail. Thus, they will thrive in a large environment and will suffer in a cage that’s inadequate for them. The cage should be placed in a room where can he interact.

Don’t forget also to have containers for water, one to drink from and the other large enough for your bird to bathe in.

The cleanliness of the cage and the containers.. is a must, to avoid several health problems.

Ringnecks love toys, so be sure to have many toys and others to replace the ones your bird destroys.
Indian ringneck parakeets like to play out of the cage and to interact daily. They are very sensitive birds, if neglected, they will become untame pets which will be led to develop neurotic disorders, such as bite.

Indian ringneck health issues

Properly cared for in captivity, Indian ringneck parakeets have been known to live for up to 30 years. However, adopting one of these birds without paying attention to them can lead to some health issues such as :

  • Polyoma
  • Sarcocystosis
  • Aspergillosis (fungal disease)
  • Bacterial infections (pneumonia)
  • Hypovitaminosis A
  • Psittacosis

Indian ringneck sounds

Both sexes have the capacity to speak -to copy his/her owner’s voice (and the speakers’ in their surrounding)- clearly. Like all parrots in the wild, the Indian ringneck birds are noisiest in the mornings and evenings with their noticeable squawking call.

HOW to properly train your untame Indian ringneck pet  to step up and acclimated to human touch

Indian ringneck owners hand-raise rose-ringed parrot chicks for the purpose of learning such parrots, how to speak.

First of all,  the Indian ringneck bird should be comfortable around his owner.
Second, use a small surrounding to train him how to step up.
Third, place a stick or his perch against his belly then ask him to step up but you need to let your hand at the beginning, far away from him because when he sees your finger or hand he will be frustrated.
Forth, when he is on the perch encourage him by saying “good” for example, after a few seconds you can sit him down slowly.

Fifth, each time you do this training try to move on your finger closer to him but in a smooth way to make him used to him. Thus, he can step up on your fingers at the end of training. Your parrot sometimes uses his beak to help him step up.

Repeat these steps until your companion bird feels okay with you but keep in mind that training needs time-almost 3 times/ per day-, so don’t be rush.

How to know Indian ringneck is right for you?

  • If you have the time and energy to spend with this beautiful bird, consider welcoming an Indian ring-necked parakeet into your family.
  • Consider adopting one of these birds means committing to 20+ years of daily interaction.

Cool Facts

Like some other birds, Indian ringneck parrots can pass through a hormonal stage during their adolescence, which is called “bluffing” phase. Thus, the pet owner should know that this stage will go to an end, he/she only needs to be patient and be aware of how to handle with.

known to be exceptional talkers, with some amassing vocabularies many words that they can speak with amazing clarity.

Most parrot species mate for life; however, this is not the case with the Indian ringneck parrots.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets come in a variety range of colors.

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