Ringneck Parrot

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! :)


ringneck parrot factsYellow female Ringneck Parrot – Psittacula krameri

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

Scientific classification:
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Psittaculinae
Tribe: Psittaculini
Genus: Psittacula
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


Ringneck Parrot pics

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4 Responses to Ringneck Parrot

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  2. Very lovely pictures…..

  3. Tommy says:

    After being in the avian field for 30yrs now. Having both wild & domestic species experience. I must say that owning my IRN or Indian Ringneck for the last 3yrs has been a sheer pleasure. Everyone often thinks of the Quaker or “Monk” Parakeet as the bird to get when it comes to talking. Well….I have news for those folks, considering IRN’s aren’t much bigger than Quaker’s and i’ve dealt with MANY bird species over the years. I’d have to say bar none the IRN is THE BEST talker of the small-medium sized parrots in the world…!!! There clarity is absolutely phenomenal and my Keiko who is a gray mutation split to blue male is a perfect example of this. I would have to say they are so good at speech they are on par with; Amazons, & African Grey’s no doubt about it. The negative reputations they have been labeled with in the avian community is unfair to this beautiful species. Granted they may not be as cuddly as a Conure or Cockatoo. But they are “regal” birds with attitudes to match and one of the most ancient species of parrot dating back to very early Greek & Roman times. Royalty simply was enamored with this species due to there beauty, grace, and intelligence. And they’ve kept those characteristics into today’s modern day and age. For the record, i also own a GCC or Green-Cheek Conure and as much as i love Kiwi the little devil he can be at times. Keiko will always be my first love and even after 30yrs in the avian field. I learn more from him every single day were together spending time with one another. These are “true parrots” in every sense of the word folks and the label “parakeets” is just not fitting of this species. It was given do to there very long tails which make up half of there overall body length. However, this is no budgie/parakeet by any means. They require an experienced owner and one who can tolerate there behavioral needs. If acquired young and hand-fed as my Keiko was they are simply a joy to own. I thoroughly enjoyed this little documentary on the wild IRN’s of England. And anything with Sir David Attenborough in it to me is top notch. So sit back enjoy and most importantly learn about this wonderful “hidden gem” in our vast bird world. They are sure to steal your hearts that i can promise you.

  4. Alicia says:

    I’ve had Hershey for about 5 years now. He is simply beautiful to look at! Two quick, but big questions…is he a parrot or parakeet? What foods should I buy? He love, love, loves unsalted peanuts and eating the core of my apples!

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