5 Fun Facts About Indian Ringneck Parakeets

Indian Ringneck Parakeets have become more and more popular as pets in recent years and for many different reasons. For one thing, these birds are known to be exceptional talkers, with some amassing vocabularies many words that they can speak with amazing clarity. Coupled with their beauty and their medium size, these features have made them attractive companion birds to an increasingly diverse population of bird lovers. If you're interested in learning more about these prized parrots, then take a look at the information below. It will give you an idea of just a few of the fascinating traits these birds possess and help you learn a little more about what it's like to live with one as a pet. They are indeed a beautiful species and deserve the respect that they receive. 

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    They Can Be Very Affectionate

    Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) sitting in a bush of Verbenaceae sp, Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India

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    Although for many years Indian Ringneck Parakeets were regarded as an "ornamental" bird species, those who have grown to know and love them have found that in fact, these birds can make loving and affectionate pets when handfed as babies and properly raised. Not only do pet Ringneck love to be handled by their owners, but they also thrive in environments where they are properly socialized, interacted with, and trained on a regular basis.

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    They May Undergo a "Bluffing" Phase

    Indian Ringneck Parakeet looking curiously at camera


    Like some other types of birds, young Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been known to go through what's known as a "bluffing" phase during their adolescence. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur during this particular life stage of the bird, and sometimes it can sadly keep inexperienced owners from interacting with their birds, resulting in a loss of wanted behaviors. The key to getting through the bluffing phase is not to give up but keep working with your bird throughout these hormonal stages. While a bird that is bluffing will try your patience, time, and time again, those who are able to tough through the phase have proven that eventually, this stage will pass!

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    They Are Parrots

    Ringneck parakeet

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    Although identified as a parakeet, the Indian Ringneck–like all parakeets–are also parrots. Many theorize that these birds have been labeled parakeets because of their medium size, while other bird lovers contend that they should be called parakeets because of their long beautiful tails. Still, others refer to these birds as Indian Ringneck Parrots, which is perhaps the most accurate terminology of all. No matter how you choose to refer to an Indian Ringneck, the bottom line is that these are hook-billed birds that fit every characteristic used to describe true members of the parrot family.

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    They Are Excellent Talkers

    Indian Ring-necked Parakeet eating corn
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    While it's not easy to be 100% sure that you will choose a bird that will talk, opting to adopt an Indian Ringneck Parakeet can certainly up your chances. Their voices are one of the most charming among companion parrot birds. It is a comically high-pitched voice that is sure to make you giggle and ensure that they interact with you.

    In fact, these birds were once considered sacred in their native lands based on their remarkable talking abilities. Long ago, religious leaders in India observed the birds repeating prayers that were recited daily in the gardens surrounding their places of worship. No doubt, the clarity of speech that this species is known for has gone a long way toward boosting the popularity of the species as pets both in India and around the world.

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    They Come in a Variety of Colors

    Yellow rose ring parakeet bird standing at branch

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    Wild Indian Ringneck Parakeets are normally colored green, with the exception of the turquoise blue on their tailfeathers and the black and rose-colored rings around the necks of the males. However, captive breeding programs have given rise to a number of beautiful color mutations within the species. This has led to the availability of blue, yellow (lutino), and white Indian Ringnecks, among other striking colors and color combinations. In many places, the color-mutated birds have become even more popular than the wild colored birds, although the normal green coloration is itself bright and beautiful.

    Edited by: Patricia Sund