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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

Danie - 2016-05-07
Where can I found a blue or vilot small male please to buy

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

Suresh John - 2015-11-24
i brought an alexandrine parrot 2 months ago, he is almost 9 months old, hand tamed and hand feed but never make any sound or whistle! and still try to bite us! hope after more bonding with us he will make sound and do whistling and completly stop biting??


Tina Goble - 2015-09-06
Hello I was given a 2 year old African or an  Indian blue female untamed. I have been bit really hard on several occasions when trying to interact with her, and hope that I also found that her diet was much more than seeds. She has a stand coming and is there a chance that she will be tame since she does not bite outside cage. How will I know if she is African or indian. She hardly makes any noises except loud screams when she bites her toys. I hope that she likes her cage and I had to buy toys and new perches she even needed food and water dishes. Any advice for how to handle her. I had a glove to grab her to get her so she wouldn't bite and I pet her head really soft and put her buy her cage and she flew in. She started eating straight away so was she frightened because I do want her to trust me.I have never heard of these parakeets and being disabled I have an interest in taming her and hoping that she will have a long healthy life but I am hardly finding information in texas. Please any advice about untamed female ringneck and if they are not handled can they  still talk?

  • Lakshit - 2015-09-08
    hello I would intrested to adopt your African and Indian parrots if you want to give it my no. 9521621079
  • Lakshit - 2015-09-08
    please give it to me I really take care of your parrots
  • Yiorgo - 2015-10-02
    Hi Tina. I have a pair of 2 Ringnecks too. One is African the other one is Indian. The most common way to determine the specie of your bird is from their beac . Africans has a dark coloured beac , the Indians beac is bright red.Also the colours of africans is more to deep green and the indian is bright lime green. Africans are more cool with the peoples and mvch calmer birds than Indians .My indian is overactive all the time ,while the african stands on her pearch. Both of them are lovely breed of birds,we have to be patience with them but the result justifies the effort
Danie - 2016-05-07
Where can I found a blue or vilot small male please to buy

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

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.