* Note: Indian Ringneck Parakeets are illegal in the state of New Jersey and Colorado.
Caution: This bird requires advanced knowledge of bird handling and can be difficult to tame. Additional taming is likely needed for ALL Indian Ringnecks with their new owners upon arrival, even if previously hand fed.
YES: Teach me to talk!
Description: The Blue Indian Ringneck Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis), also referred to as a parrot make wonderful pets. The Blue Ringneck Parakeet is a stunning medium sized blue bird. These talkative parakeets make playful pets. We recommend the Blue Indian Ringneck Parakeet to all bird enthusiasts. Also known as Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Indian Ringneck Parrot, and Rose-Ringed Parrots.
Origin: India, Asia
Size: Medium, about 16 inches in length including the tail feathers.
Average Lifespan: Between 25 to 30 years, although instances of Ringnecks living past the age of fifty have been authenticated.
History: Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been kept in captivity from as early as 200 B.C. In their home country of India, these parakeets were regarded as sacred beings when religious leaders began to recognize their ability to clearly mimic human language. Highly regarded by wealthy Indian royals, Ringneck Parrots were kept in decorative cages and were admired for their colors and charming dispositions. In the 1920’s, however, aviculturists began breeding captive Ringnecks, and with the advent of different color mutations, the popularity of the bird began to explode. Now widely available in the pet trade, Indian Ringneck Parakeets continue to gain increasing popularity as pets.Their relatively small size and beautiful markings help to make the Ringneck a good choice for many bird owners.
Colors: Wild Indian Parakeets are usually green with the exception of turquoise blue on their tail feathers, and males have black and rose colored rings around their necks. Indian Parakeet Ringnecks are now available in shades ranging from bright yellows (Lutino), greens and blues to albinos due to color mutations.
Sexing: Males sport deep red beaks, black facial markings, and three bands or color around their necks. Females, while still beautiful, lack the facial and collar bands, although some do display a slight darkening of color around their necks.
Adult parakeets are easily sexed as the black and pink neck ring of cocks is absent in hens. However adult plumage is not attained until the third year, though some cocks may show slight traces of black and pink at a year old. In cocks of the blue variety, the pink ring of the wild type is replaced by white. In the Lutino, the pink neck ring is retained but the black mustache markings of the wild type are replaced by white.
Temperament: Indian Ringnecks are curious and active parakeets, who may get bored easily if left alone. Because these ring-necked parakeets have powerful jaws, providing interesting toys and cage accessories for these playful parakeets is beneficial. While these birds are “nippy” and go through a “bluffing” stage in their adolescence, with proper training and handling, pet parakeets make good companion pets. Indian Ringneck Parakeets are smart birds and are desired amongst bird enthusiasts. They have a high-pitched yet sweet voice. These parakeets enjoy daily attention and can be taught to talk.
Diet: We highly recommend keeping your new Ringneck on the same diet it is currently being fed with us for the first 30 days while it acclimates to its new home. Your Indian Ringneck is fed a 50/50 blend of our hand mixed Lovebird/Conure Seed and Goldenfeast Australian Blend, along with Dried Egg Food. They should always be given a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins daily in addition to their regular diet.
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.