The Indian ringneck is a member of the parakeet family which originated in India, but it is also native to Asia and Africa. There are many mutations of colour in the ringnecks including pastel shades of lime, yellow and blue with variations on each. The Indian ringneck is an elegant, poised and intelligent bird.
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Physical Difference Between Male and Female
The black ring around the neck that denotes a male ringneck will not be visible until about 17 months of age. Females may have rings but they are light and hard to see. One way to tell a male from a female is to place the bird in front of a mirror and watch their behaviour. A male will open his wings and bow. A female will not. Female ringnecks have a more rounded face, smaller beak and thicker feet. They tend to be more stocky than their male counterpart. The male head is more square, the colour around the face brighter and his tail slightly longer.
Male vs. Female as Pets
The female bird is generally thought to be a better pet. The male may be more aggressive in nature. Either male or female can become excellent pets with training and socialisation. Both can be taught to speak. Ringneck vocabulary has been documented at up to 250 words. They can learn tricks like untying knots and putting beads on a string.
Behaviour Patterns of Indian Ringnecks
Jealousy is a major issue with the Indian ringneck. They tend to bond with only one member of the household and will become aggressive and even attack others who they perceive to be a threat. They may not get along with other household pets. Chewing is a cause for concern with any parrot but the ringneck can be very destructive. Adequate toys must be provided to satisfy their need to chew.
Breeding the Indian Ringneck
Indian ringnecks breed well in captivity. Sexual maturity is reached at 18 months, but breeding may not occur until they are two or three years. Ringnecks breed better in open flight cages since they are strong flyers but need to be kept as separate pairs. They are not known for fidelity to their mates and may decide to switch partners.
Word of Warning
Indian ringnecks have very loud screams and will become annoyingly verbal if neglected. These birds must be handled on a regular basis or they will revert to their wild nature and can inflict painful bites.
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