The Ringneck Parrot, also known as Rose-ringed parakeet, is the first ever parrot we will give you information about. It’s not a random choice, as this species was the one who developed my love for this type of animals.
Back in 2006, my girlfriend’s mother found a bright yellow and bigger than usual parakeet in her roof terrace. It looked like no other bird she had seen, so as me and my girlfriend arrived we took it to a nearby pet products warehouse. The owner identified it as a female Ringneck Parrot. He said the bird must have been starving and exhausted, otherwise it wouldn’t have been easy to capture, as it didn’t look like she had been handraised. Luckily, my mother-in-law got to keep all her fingers intact after picking up the bird. Kinda crucial, as she’s a cook!
The interest we developed made us browse the web to find information about ringneck parrot facts. We found they have several feral populations (check the video below) spread around the world, including here in Europe. At first it made us think it could be one of those, an opinion we quickly disregarded. The bird wasn’t green, as most of the feral ones are, and it was starving, showing it wasn’t familiarized to the wild. It probably escaped from some owner’s cage.
Anyway, we kept the animal which made us fall in love with such exquisite species. The Ringneck Parrot lasted a few years more, but even after its untimely death our interest in parrots remained the same.
Ringneck Parrot video
Ringneck Parrot facts
Binomial name: Psittacula krameri
Species: P. krameri
– krameri (Scopoli, 1769)
– manillensis (Bechstein, 1800)
– parvirostris (Souance, 1856)
– borealis (Neumann, 1915)
Conservation status: least concern
Diet: buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and seeds
Natural habitat: India and its neighbouring countries. Northern Africa, between the Equatorial line and the Tropic of Cancer
Sexual dimorphism: a female Ringneck Parrot does not display the ring around the neck which gives this species its name. However, a male Ringneck Parrot reaches sexual maturity around 3 years of age, which means that visually sexing your Ringneck Parrot before that age can be difficult, as male juveniles haven’t developed their neck rings yet.
Size: between 37 and 43cm
Average lifespan: 25 to 30 years