Indian ringnecked parrots (Psittacula krameri manillensis), also known as Indian ringnecked parakeets, are one subspecies of the species Psittacula krameri. Other common names include roseringed parakeet and ringnecked parakeet. Although the Indian ringneck is the most common Psittacula species kept in the pet trade, these colorful birds require a special human companion and aren't right for everyone.
Indian ringnecks reach between 14 and 17 inches long at maturity; nearly half of their total length is tail feathers. They have strong hooked bills, the upper of which is reddish-orange while the bottom is black.
Although 30 or more color mutations occur in captivity, the natural color of these medium-sized parrots is bright green with blue tail feathers and darker-colored wings. Males have a distinctive black ring around their necks and a pink collar on the back of their necks; rings on females are much less noticeable. Color variations include blues, violets, yellows, albinos and pied combinations.
Not So Cuddly
While many parrot species prefer handling, affections and sometimes even snuggling with their human counterparts, Indian ringnecks aren't known for their affectionate temperament and are sometimes labeled as difficult.
Most ringnecks in captivity who have had caring and affectionate upbringing thoroughly enjoy being in the company of their humans, but generally don't take to being handled. BirdTricks.com expands on this notion by saying, "They are perfectly happy in the presence of their owners, and will agreeably step up for a ride into the living room, but generally, they prefer the relationship to be otherwise hands off."
Socialization from an early age helps with affection levels and may develop a friendly, eager cuddle buddy.
Up for Conversation
Even if your ringneck doesn't want to be cuddled, chances are she'll enjoy having conversations with you. Both males and females can talk and likely will begin mimicking your words and voice. Along with other types of socialization, talking to your Indian ringneck will encourage his talking ability while building a bond between the two of you.
These excellent talkers are also known for being noisy birds, but not as loud as some of the larger pet parrot species. They have a natural call and will whistle.
Home Sweet Home
Like all parrots, Indian ringnecks require a large cage. Many birds of this species may prefer living in a large, equipped outdoor aviary, but many also do well living inside the home.
An indoor cage should be large enough for your pet to fly; in an article on BirdChannel.com, Ona Tassell, owner of Heavenly Wings Aviary, states that many prefer a cage with more width than height. You should incorporate enough room for a cage tall enough for your ringneck's long tail, however.
These playful, inquisitive birds should have access to several chew toys and even a toy box filled with goodies that you rotate. BeautyOfBirds.com suggests that the more time your ringneck will spend in the cage, the larger it needs to be.
Feeding your Indian ringneck should include a varied diet of high-quality seeds, grains and nuts; these mixes are typically labeled as "small hookbill" or "cockatiel" blends in pet supply stores. Also incorporate daily vegetables and fruits such as carrots, squash, celery, apples, pears, figs and bananas. A calcium supplement is encouraged.