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Indian Ringneck Information

Indian Ringneck Parakeets are originally from India and have an average lifespan of approximately 25 years, but they have been know to live longer. They are a small / medium sized bird approximately 14 - 16 inches long, but the tail itself takes up almost half that length. The original and common IRN is green, but there are many colors and mutations available today. The male has the prominent ring around the neck but if you look very closely you may see a faint ring around the neck of the female, it is very difficult though. This ring does not usually become visible until the bird is mature at approximately two years old. It is not visible in babies and that is why sexing at a young age should be done by DNA.

The Indian Ringneck parakeet is a social bird and requires a lot of attention and interaction. It will enjoy playing games and learning new tasks and concepts for stimulation, but just like a lot of other species it does have its moments. They are known to go through a period just after weaning that can cause concern for its owners. This period is know to some bird enthusiasts as the "bluffing period". They will get moody and possibly become biters during this time, but don't be discouraged, it will pass. Time and perseverance by the owner will prove to be beneficial. Unfortunately this period has discouraged some people from keeping them as pets, or mishandling them and finally passing them on to someone else. Be patient and continue to socialize with them, they will get over it

Indian Ringnecks are excellent talkers, but patience is always a big part of having a bird with a great vocabulary. If you continually repeat words, phrases, and songs to your bird, you will hear him/her learning them very quickly. The Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet) is well known for its talking ability, but the Indian Ringneck has clarity in its vocal ability that makes them very popular with bird lovers. The are extremely intelligent birds that love to put on a show for people and with time and training they can be taught to do amazing tricks that a lot of other species can not.

The diet of the Indian Ringneck is mainly grain, fruits, vegetable and pellets. They love broccoli, potatoes, grapes, oranges, apples, shelled peanuts, egg, and sunflower seeds. Sunflower seed should not be a regular part of their diet, but used for treats and training. They also love to drop food in their water dish so it is imperative they they are given fresh water throughout the day.

You will want a cage that will keep your bird happy and healthy. Try to get the largest cage your room will allow, and of course your budget. Indian ringnecks require a large cage that will give them room to exercise and move around. They also need extra room to accommodate the long tail they possess. Of course one of the main issues is how long your bird will be in his cage. Hopefully he will be getting a lot of time outside the cage to exercise, if this is the case then a cage 2'x2'x3' would be just fine. If your bird is not outside the cage very often they I would suggest an aviary with lots of toys to keep him housed. This would give him lots of room to move around without bumping into things. Try to make sure that at least two sides of the cage have horizontal bars for ease of climbing, which seems to be something mine love to do.

If you keep your Indian Ringneck Parakeet happy and healthy, he will provide you with years of love and entertainment