Indian ringneck parakeet is the smallest member of the larger Parakeet family, the crow or magpie family. Indian ringnecks were kept in captivity for hundreds of years but were widely regarded as an “ornamental, or hand-free, bird species.” Ringnecks still have an undeserved reputation of being very difficult and nippy to handle. When placed in the hands of an expert parakeet trainer, they become exceptionally friendly and pleasant companions. The ease and friendliness displayed by Indian ringnecks make it easy for them to be trained into many different types of displays and to be taught to speak a few words.
The Indian ringneck parakeet is one of two subspecies of the larger parrots family, the Corollary Macaw. Unlike other parrots, Indian ringnecks do not grow their wings beyond the tip of the beak, which means that they cannot fly. They are extremely social birds and live in pairs or groups of two to four. The male stands on the top of the roosting trees and the female sits on the ground or under a tree where they will lay eggs, which will hatch after about a week. The entire colony is visible at sunset.
Indian ringnecks differ from other birds in that they are exceptionally friendly toward humans, although they can sometimes be aggressive or negligent around humans. Their behavior toward humans varies depending on their surroundings; generally they are friendly, but as a bird owner you need to learn to recognize the warning signs of aggressive behavior. If your Indian ringneck parakeet begins to screech, startled, or starts to display any other unusual activity, take him or her to the parrot veterinarian right away for a quick health assessment and to check the bird for allergies. An Indian ringneck parakeet is an excellent candidate for a home pet because they are very affectionate and will quickly establish a bond with you.
Indian ringnecks are very colorful with varying bold splashes of yellow and red over their cheeks, body and breast feathers. Their heads, neck and legs are white, which makes them easily identifiable even among a crowd of different breeds. Although the Indian ringneck parakeet has long tail feathers, it does not mean that they do not make good pets. Like all parrots, they will amuse you with their brilliant chirping and singing even as they are amusing themselves.
Unlike most parrots, the Indian ringneck parakeet grows quite large. They can reach thirty to forty-five centimeters in length and about seven to ten inches in height. They also have distinctive head colors that are a mixture of cream, chocolate and peach with darker patches on the back and sides of the head. When the Indian ringneck parakeet reaches sexual maturity their tail feathers will turn a brilliant pink or orange. This happens because of the hormones that the male carries.
Although the Indian ringneck parakeet is small in size compared to some other parrot, when cared for properly, they will quickly learn how to become big time entertaining. Parakeets in captivity will form a strong bond with their owners and this will help to promote socialization and interaction. In addition to being able to interact with their owners they will be able to communicate with each other through the use of their vocal chords, even if they cannot speak the same language.