Animal Stories - Indian Ringneck Parakeet

Animal-World Information about: Indian Ringneck Parakeet

   The Indian Ringneck Parakeet has been referred to as the "Noble Parakeet"! The species, Psittacula krameri, is also called the Rose-ringed Parakeet and contains four subspecies.
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Tommy - 2013-06-11
I've been in the avian field now for just about 30yrs. I've have experience in dealing with both wild & exotic pet species. And have owned many various exotics over the years. Your Alex sounds no different than my Keiko who is an IRN or Indian Ringneck basically the same bird just Alex's are bigger.

Asiatics or the Psittacula species are NOT easy parrots to own they are by far NOT a good 'first bird' for an inexperienced owner. These would consist of the following birds; The Ring-necked, Alexandrine, Newton, Slaty-headed, Intermediate, Long-tailed, Blossom-headed, Seychelles, Moustached, emerald-collared, Derbyan, Plum-headed, Mauritius, Blyth's, & very rare Malabar.

They do not like to be handled or stroked very often which can be an immediate turn off to many first time owners of these birds. And while they may look like Conures in some ways physically speaking they are a completely different bird altogether. To bond with an Asiatic requires LOTS of patience, socializing, and consistent training. Plainly put you give these birds an inch they'll take a mile so boundaries and proper discipline need to be put in place right away if one is not to have a holy terror on there hands. I say this because in my personal experience dealing with various species of this order they can be quite stubborn. And if they are not PROPERLY socialized on a DAILY basis will quickly revert back to a 'wild state'than any other parrot species i've worked with in 30yrs.

Now having said all that, if one still feels compelled to give these beautiful and highly intelligent birds a try then the rewards are amazing. Despite not being 'hands on' birds in terms of being touched they will most certainly win you over with there vocal capabilities. Bar none there is no other bird there size that can speak with the clarity and word association these birds can. Yes Quaker (Monk) parrots speak quite well but there diction is still garbled compared to say an IRN (Indian Ringneck).

These birds come from royalty and were often sought after by ancient Greeks & Romans due to their beauty but more importantly their vocal ability. They are by far a much more sophisticated species than Quaker parrots ever could be.

To see an Asiatic in full adult plumage is like looking at a picture in a field guide. There streamlined plumage is quite striking with not one single feather out of place. So if you have what it takes and can meet all the requirements stated above in owing one of these gorgeous animals than by all means go for it. But take heed, these birds may not full fill your 'personal desire' of what a pet bird should be like. But as another commenter posted on here accepting your bird for how it is instead of what you want it to be. And seeing it from that perspective should be what's cherished and appreciated most of all. And this applies to ALL bird species one may own.

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  • Mary Kinser - 2014-04-15
    Thank you for the info. Do both sexes talk well? Are both sexes easy to train? Please let me know ASAP.
  • mohamed - 2014-10-22
    Hi tommy I have a parakeet Indian ring neck , she's bwt a year old an every nw and then ill catch her with her beak against something, making funny noises nd her eyes go white, do you knw why? , Mohamed
Gina - 2014-08-18
My indian or african ring neck is only 5-6 months old and she or he lost all tail feathers. Now she is beating herself. I was looking for lices but i dont see nothing. Anybody can help me ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-29
    Your cage may be too small, and if so, when it plays hard it will break its feathers because of the cage bars. It could also be starting to molt. Ringneck often start to molt at about 7 months of age, but that can vary with captive bred birds. A molt lasts about 8 weeks, but that too can extend for months in caged birds.
hashim - 2014-05-09
Hi. I just brought a 1 month old rose necked parakeet. I give him grains cereal 4 times a day, by hand feeding. Is it good for him? What else can I gave him please tell.

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  • Mayukh Banerjee - 2014-06-09
    they loves pea, tomato, guava & red chilli
dileep - 2014-03-22
Hi... I have just bought a male IRN parrot... it's 3 months old... it has adapted very well in it's new place... but for the last one week it's been very sluggish and sleeping... I showed it to a vet and he has prescribed septran syrup two drops two times... though it is slightly better but still not eating as it used to be... its stools are normal... I am worried?

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  • Trishinadhaver - 2014-04-01
    Don't worry it will eat.
K.Swapnil - 2012-05-20
I have a pair of Indian rose ringed parakeet ....
and they are 2.3 months old......

I have two que. to ask:
Q1.When the black lining/strip would appear around the male's neck have them has a prob. that it produce a very low sound like if its throat is not well and by looking it closely i noticed when it opens its beak to make sound a very thin layer of water formed and burst.....Wat is the problem with it

Please answer these and try to email me at

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  • Ron Sorkar - 2014-02-05
    You should not give them banana.that makes problem to create good sound. i am also a bird lover. i have also a parakeet bird male. The black ring will arrive after 8 to 9 months.
Barbara - 2013-03-05
I got my Peanut at the age of 4weeks, S/he was very loving towards me, love sitting on my lap and been handled my me and my husban, the last week Peanut dose not want me to pick s/he up, will come to me for some food but only on s/he terms (eg: if I am eating wants what I am eating and will sit on my hand for it for a few seconds but then s/he will want want I am eating but will not come to me for it, might take it and run away). any man can pick Peanut up and s/he fine but let me pick Peanut s/he gos mad trying to fly away... I am the one that spends most of the day with Peanut bez come with me to work, s/he has a cage and play area on my desk. What can I do to get back my birds love towards me... PLEASE HELP

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-05
    Just like people, birds get into moods.  Sounds like that is what she is in.  Give her a little space and she will surely get back to normal.  ANything in the house change that may have scared her?
  • Emma Elliott - 2014-01-28
    How old is s\he now? Does s\he occasionally bite? Peanut could be going through the bluffing stage. If you don't what it is then search it up. If she is, then don't neglect her handle as much as you used too. if you neglect Peanut it will affect s\he in the long run. Or she could be require something that you cant understand, because when you cant understand them they get frustrated. hope this helps.
Julie Ann Tandy - 2014-01-21
Hi I've just bought a indian ring neck parrot he's around 4 months old when I went for him he was in a cage with 3 others , anyway I've bought him home , I put my hand in the cage for him to come out but he goes mad in cage he does end up getting on my hand with a few little pecs , but won't stay just flies of , I try to feed him food out of my hand but as soon as I go near him he just wants to get away , he defiantly won't let me try and stroke his head he bites hard , I've had him 3 days now is this normal , plz help.  

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-21
    Because he was in a cage with other birds, he naturally became part of that flock. Birds will always bond with another bird, preferring them over humans. Now that you have him alone it will take time and lots of love and affection for him to adjust to you. So just be patient and keep working with him.
  • Julie Ann Tandy - 2014-01-27
    Ok ty ,  I'm finding now , he won't even come on my hand most times , he flies of or is starting to bite me harder , what's best for me to do to him , he sits on a pirch in window. , I just keep talking to him and putting my hand out and sometimes he jumps on , but only stays on couple of seconds !
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-27
    Three days is not very long to get him socialized. It can take several weeks, even months with some. But becasue he's so young, I think you will be able to get him calmed down and responding to you. Again... it is going to take time and patience.
Apples_Mom - 2013-06-28
I have an 18 month old female IRN that I adore. I agree that they are not good first-time birds but my baby is exactly that. She is also tolerant of my family to include children as long as they have food or she can't see me directly. We love this bird. =)

rohitmutneja - 2013-04-03
I bought a one and a half month alexandrine male parrot.. what should i feed it and how many times a day?? Is cerelac healthy for baby parrot??

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  • jayashree - 2013-04-04
    Welcome to Alex family. 3-4 times you have to hand feed him. It's always better to prefer health mix. I gave manna health mix to my Alex baby. Give some high nutritional foods too. Where are you put up?
Midoris mom - 2012-07-25
I got my ringneck about a month ago he was 2 months old and was on his last couple weeks of hand feeding. He was ratting treats out of my hands riding my shoulder playing walking around the house very happy.. Then one day out of no where he nibbled my hand. I didn't think anything of it as the breeder told me they go through a bluffing stage after winging off of hand feeding. The next day he was like baby jaws... All he wanted to do was chew he chewed up all his toys his little wood blocks... Now I can't pick him up anymore hell still eat out of hand and even come sit next to me but the minute I tell him to step up he try's to bite... What do I do???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    Ring necks are very much 'it is my way bird'.  They are somewhat affectionate when real little and hand feeding and go right to the terrible two's.  They aren't what I call a 'velcro bird' such as a conure who just love attention, play, pet and affection.  They are 'on my terms' bird.  He's also in what I call the 'teething stage' which most parrots seem to have. I think they are wearing down there baby beak but as far as they are concerned, everything is destrutible and they chew on anything.  This ends and they learn to play with their toys and then chew on them and break them apart.  Biting - don't give him any treats unless he 'steps up'.  Hold his beak closed and yell 'NO'.  You can accept 'his terms' and just learn his body language.  You can get him on a separate perch and use treats to 'step up'.  You can use your hands/arms and try and train him to walk up the stairs moving one hand over the next and saying 'step up'.  I know there are many many people who have Indian Ring necks and enjoy them immensely.  I have big parrots and I enjoy them immensely, affectionate, don't bite, silly etc.  Never had training or biting problems with any of them.  I have not found the 'ring necks' or others in the parakeet family(not including budgies) to be anything but very independent and difficult.  Conures are about the same price and wonderfully loving, afectionate, playful.  I honestly do not know if you can stop some of the biting.  They are just independent and they must do all the training and their human must obey.  The only reason I am saying this is because for me it has to be so difficult to 'bond' and have a fun/loving relationship with these guys.  They are handsome and enjoyable to watch and will be company on their own terms but a difficult bird.      They will fly to you and sit there but often times you can't pet them.  It's almost that a person has to train them to accept affection where most of the biggers guys are like a baby and want you attention and love. 
  • Sarah - 2013-02-25
    I got my female's wings cut and got a face washer and handled her in that and offered treated for some reason she took to my green face washer and soon knew it wouldn't hurt her and would let me pick her up. I placed her on my top and cuddle her until she was quiet and did that for a few weeks soon I was able to say scratch and pat her head without her biting. Mind you I did get heaps of bites one breeder told me to push my finger in not hard but enough to shock her. Does hurt but only had to do it 5 times and she stopped. Just takes time. I can now do anything with her from opening her wings up to scratching her head.