Also called rose-ringed parakeet the ringneck parakeet is about 16 inches long, and over half the length is it's tail.
They have red beaks, and the males have a black and rose ring around the neck.
In the wild ringnecks are mostly green, but breeders have created some ringneck mutations such as the cinnamon ringneck, blue ringneck, and the lutino ringneck.
It is difficult to determine the sex of a young ringneck parakeet, but as they mature you can tell from the ring.
Ringneck parakeets as pets
These birds are easily trained, especially if you get a young hand fed parrot that has been weaned.
If they get enough attention they are friendly and gentle little pet parrots, but they do need daily handling or they will become unfriendly and nippy.
Shortly after weaning ringneck parakeets will go through a stage known as bluffing. They will tend to get more aggressive and may bite.
If this happens don't slap the bird, shake your hand or use any other aggressive means to discourage it.
The best thing to do is just ignore the biting until it stops. Being aggressive will only serve to make your parakeet afraid of you which will lead to more biting. Ringnecks are excellent at learning speech and are among the best of the parakeets at it.
They are smart birds that easily get bored. If they do get bored their chewing can get destructive, so be sure to provide it with a variety of toys and suitable materials to chew on.
The ringneck parakeet does have a surprisingly loud scream for such a small bird.
Ringneck parakeet care
The best diet for your ringneck is primarily a pellet diet supplemented with fruits and vegetables.
Provide some seeds but keep them in moderation or better yet use them as treats for training.
There should be a cuttlebone in the cage to provide your parakeet with calcium
They are active parrots that need time out of the cage every day to play and explore.
Be sure to keep an eye on them while they are out of the cage because ringnecks like to chew and they can quickly destroy furniture or get themselves in trouble with cords, poisonous plants and so on.
It is up to you as a pet parrot owner to provide your parakeet with socialization and training.
Ringneck parakeet cages
You will want to get a fairly large cage for this parakeet bird species. They need room to move around, and you need to equip it with a variety of toys, different sized perches, a food and a watering dish.
If the cage is too small it will end up breaking it's tail feathers.
The smallest size cage you should get is 24 X 18 inches and 36 inches high.
They like to chew so be sure the cage isn't painted with any toxic materials.
There should be wire over the bottom of the cage to allow the droppings to fall through.
Don't use bedding material on the bottom of the cage. It can develop fungus, instead use newspaper or paper towel.
Ringneck parakeets make excellent pet parrots and are becoming increasingly more popular. Maybe they are the right parrot for you to take home.
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