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Indian Ringneck Parakeets

Noble Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet

Family: Psittacidae Male Blue Cinnamon Mutation of the Indian Ringneck ParakeetBlue Cinnamon Male RingneckPsittacula krameri manillensisPhoto Courtesy Jerome Ventress
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   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.

  The Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been held in admiration and esteem since ancient times. They are a large parakeet, sought after for the superiority in their form and beauty, their ability to speak, their intelligence and trainability, and because they are easy to breed.   ThIs parakeet, the Indian Ringneck Parakeet, has been a long time favorite for bird lovers! There are many color combinations that can be produced, which is a fun challenge and fascination for many breeders! Check out the More Photos for really cool examples of the different colored ringneck parakeets.

To learn more about Parakeets and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Parakeet

Geographic Distribution
Psittacula krameri manillensis
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Psittacula
  • Species: krameri manillensis

Scientific name: Psittacula krameri manillensis

Distribution:    The Rose-ringed Parakeet, which includes the Indian Ringneck and the African Ringneck subspecies, is the most widely scattered member of the race of parrots and is spread throughout Asia and parts of Africa. They are found in India, China, Ceylon, Africa, Tibet, Nepal and many adjacent islands.
   The Indian Ringneck Parakeet originated in Ceylon. The African Ringneck Parakeet, its close cousin, is found from west Africa to the Southern Sudan.

Description:    Indian Ringneck Parakeets, along with their close cousin the African Ringneck Parakeets, Psittacula krameri krameri, belong in the Psittacula genus that are known as Ringneck Parakeets. The species, Psittacula krameri, is also called the Rose-ringed Parakeet and contains four subspecies. The Psittacula genus has the distinguishing characteristic of a colored collar going around the head in the males, or a pronounced stripe running through the chin area.
   The normal coloration of the male Indian Ringneck Parakeet is a general green with its lower abdomen area being lighter and the back of the head has a bluish tint. A black ring that runs thought the chin and along the cheek. There it blends into a pink collar with some blue on the nape. The central tail feathers are bluish, tipped with a yellow green, and the outer tail feathers are green. The upper mandible of the beak is a red-orange and the lower mandible is black. Through domestic breeding, there is a large variety of color variations, or mutations available.
  The female and immature male has no black ring, pink collar, or blue tint on the back of the head. Juveniles also have a coral pink beak with a pale tip. The young reach their adult plumage after their second full molt, at about 3 years of age. These birds grow to a length of 16" (40 cm).
   The African Ringneck Parakeet is very similar in coloration to the Indian Ringneck but the facial coloring and the rose collar is less prominent on the African males. They also have a smaller beak, with the upper mandible being a dark red becoming almost black on the tip. Though the African Ringneck has a smaller, shorter body than the Indian Ringneck they have a longer tail, so overall they reach up to a length of 17" (43.5 cm).

Care and Feeding:    Fresh food and water must be provided daily.
   In the wild, Indian Ringneck Parakeets eat a variety of seeds, berries, fruits, nuts, blossoms, and nectar. In addition to these foods, you can offer them vegetables and commercial pellets. They also enjoy the same nutritional foods humans eat, including cooked chicken. Cooked beans, rice, and grains are also enjoyed, but soft foods like these will spoil in about 4 hours. An occasional millet spray is a nice treat.
See About Parakeets: Care and Feeding for more detailed information.

Housing:    A a roomy cage is required as these are large parakeets.
See About Parakeets: Housing for more extensive housing information.

Maintenance:    The basic cage care includes daily cleaning of the water and food dishes. Weekly you should wash all the perches and dirty toys, and the floor should be washed about every other week. A total hosing down and disinfecting of an aviary should be done yearly, replacing anything that needs to be freshened, such as old dishes, toys and perches.

Social Behaviors:    In the wild, these birds live in flocks and are very social. They have a pleasant nature but will develop a screaming habit if teased.

Handling/Training:    The Indian Ringneck Parakeet is smart! Besides learning to talk, these parakeets are known to be great at learning tricks. Some have been taught to string beads on a rope, twirl sticks about their head, ring a bell, and pick up selected objects.
See About Parakeets: Handling and Training for detailed information.

Activities:    Parakeets are very energetic birds! Besides flying, which is important for all parakeets, these birds love to chew! Be sure you provide them with lots of assorted toys and wood chews, perches and swings.

   Unlike many parakeets, Ringneck Parakeets do not bond with a mate for life, but they are easily bred. Each pair will need two nesting boxes to choose from. Once the nest box is selected the female will lay two to six eggs. The incubation time is between 22 and 24 days and the young will leave the nest about six to seven weeks after they hatch.
See About Parakeets: Breeding and Reproduction for more information.

Potential Problems:    These parakeets can have a loud scream.
See About Parakeets: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:    Indian Ringneck Parakeets are available at pet stores or from breeders at reasonable prices. They can be obtained in a variety of color mutations, including the Indian Ringneck Lutino.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Indian Ringneck Parakeet

p harrison - 2017-04-05
there is a Indian redneck parakeet that has been visiting my bird table in the garden for three weeks now unable to catch does not appear to like human contact flies off when approached feeding him parrot food looks healthy any help would be appreciated

  • Ashley Phillips - 2017-09-26
    Hello I noticed your post that you have an Indian Ringneck that's been visiting your bird table I'm curious as to where you live and if you say Florida is the bird green?

    Thank you,
Emma - 2017-09-19
I have a blue one and hes so amazing and every morning I wake up he starts to say good morning.

narayan - 2016-07-10
I want ringneck parakeet(blue). Where will i get & what is its cost?

  • Logo - 2017-07-07
    Find a rehome on craigslist
xenia - 2016-11-21
Hi I have a rigneck but he is different to my other ones he is bigger and has bigger feet he is grey with a green tinge Please help

  • xenia - 2016-11-21
    Would just like to know what type of ringneck he is
narayan - 2016-07-10
I want ringneck parakeet(blue). Where will i get & what is its cost?

  • Logo - 2017-07-07
    Find a rehome on craigslist
Danie - 2016-05-07
Where can I found a blue or vilot small male please to buy

Nathalia Rodrigueze - 2015-03-21
I have my Macaw bird she is 1 year old I am giving her out to an experienced person.

  • Dawn Andrews - 2015-03-26
    Hi Nathalia My partner and I have wildlife careers in QLD, we would love to take your little girl. We have a number of parrots here, some our own and the others in care. You can call us anytime on 0479107709. Love to here from you.
  • Mark Davis - 2015-08-23
    I would love to have ur mc call
  • Mark Davis - 2015-08-23
    Ment to say McCaw I live in cal
daisy - 2011-11-30
how much do you want?

  • Claire Romney - 2012-12-19
    I would like to get the four species yellow, blue, red, and green. I'm an animal lover that's been looking for these birds for a while.
  • shahzeb - 2015-03-21
    I love parrots please I'll buy some parrots.