Indian Ringneck Parakeet
The Indian Ringneck Parakeet has become a favorite choice as a pet, over the years. These birds were originally found in Asia and in Africa, and can still be seen in the forests of these countries. Today however, they are found almost everywhere in the world, and these magnificently intelligent birds have learned to adapt to new environments. It has been documented as far back as 200BC, that royals and the wealthy who built elaborate cages to house colorful birds and display their beauty, were already admiring the Indian Ringneck Parakeet. Captive breeding started in the 1920′s, which led to mutations in color and a variety of spectacular birds.
In the wild, Indian Ringneck Parakeets are generally green in color, with light blue plumage on some feathers. Yellow plumage is found under their wings and underneath their tails. The tails feathers are exceptionally long, which is displayed beautifully during flight. Indian Ringneck Parakeets are approximately sixteen inches from head to tail and sex identification in these birds is easier than on any other parrot. The males have the facial markings and bands around their necks. These neck rings are usually black, with blue, light pink and turquoise plumage. On some females, a darker discoloring of feathers can be seen around the neck, but they are considered to have no facial markings or neck rings.
A captive bred Indian Ringneck Parakeet can range in coloring. Blues, yellows, albinos and greens are common colorations and these variants in color have made them extremely popular as pets. In captivity, they are able to live approximately twenty-five to thirty years, although some have been known to live longer. Taking on an Indian Ringneck Parakeet as a pet, can be a very rewarding experience but owners need to realize that there is responsibility involved. Their diets in the wild do not only consist of seeds, so owners will have to throw in a few fruits and vegetables to ensure that they get a balanced diet. Food and water bowls should also be cleaned every day, as dirty bowls pose a danger for infections and bacteria growth. Their high intelligence gives them the ability to talk, perform tricks and mimic human behavior, but it also means that they can get very bored, very quickly. Owners should shower them with as much attention as possible and ensure that their cages always have toys for them to play with. Ropes and knots seem to be very effective as they enjoy the challenge of loosening the knot and climbing the ropes.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets are known to be very affectionate and gentle companions, with most owners finding that the males are generally gentler, than the females. But with enough love and attention, both male and females are wonderful feathered friends that will gladly accept a scratch or a cuddle.