Ten years ago you probably wouldn’t have seen these birds on the market nearly as much as you do today. They are by far one of the fastest growing medium sized parrots in popularity due to their high intelligences and their remarkable abilities to speak. Not only do they possess unique and wonderful abilities to entertain and captivate us, they also have a variety of mutational colours–from whites, blues, yellows to exotic colors like browns, reds and purples.
In India and Pakistan it’s not that uncommon to see the remarkable birds performing–with their intelligence they are quick to pick up tricks and routines that other similar birds tend to struggle with. It isn’t uncommon to see the birds ridding suitably formed bicycles, running along rope upside down and even playing basketball.
Their intelligence paired with their vocal skills have made this particular species of parakeet by far the most popular of its species. They also happen to be sexual dimorphic (except in a few mutations such as albino), meaning you are quite able to tell the males and females apart. Generally speaking females have a vague ring around their necks that is sometimes hard to spot, but the males often have a beautiful black ring around their neck that turns into a moustache. Lutino males (yellow feathered mutation) often have a soft pink ring that goes around their neck into a moustache.
They make wonderful and loyal pets. This parakeet species is by far the most misunderstood, and one only needs to look at their history to understand why. It’s best to have a hand raised and reared bird as they tend not to be as flighty.
Though they are quite capable of entertaining themselves on a regular basis this doesn’t give an owner the excuse to ignore and neglect their bird. It’s understandable to be hurt and even put off by the behavior of a bird that seems like it wants nothing to do with you, but the truth is Indian Ringnecks are careful observers. It takes them awhile to gain trust, but once you have it it’s almost unshakable. Sometimes the process is fast, and in others can take a very long time (just ask Darla and John! Nikki has taken almost a year to fully get comfortable with people, and even now she’s still flighty, and John once had an Indian Ringneck and he can attest to the time and effort it takes to train them!).
These birds also require a bit of time, especially in the beginning, we recommend at least 1-3 hours a day with this particular bird species. Eventually that standoffish nature that put you off will gradually reshape itself into curiosity and enthusiasm with everything you do. You’ll find them actively seeking your attention, time and affection.
In general Indian Ringnecks, unlike other birds, have steady personalities. Far to many owners get rid of these beautiful birds when the Bluffing stager (or puberty) gets to much… not knowing that AFTER the bluffing phase that once aggressive bird settles down, becomes stable and steady. After the bluffing phase the Indian Ringneck often goes an aggressive bird to the bird people want.
One that is tame, one that is obedient and one with remarkable skills. If you are able to preserver, remain patient and consistent with this bird you will reap many rewards and all that time and affectionate given will be rewarded tenfold.
They tend to pick favourites and prefer quieter households, but they are quite adaptive able to fit any household situation. They are also quite quiet, they don’t shriek nearly as much as some other bird species, making them suitable for apartment dwellers as well. One thing that should also be noted is that they aren’t particularly cuddly, but they are more than happy to express their affections in other ways that are quite unique. Such as running up to, leaning forward, and saying “Muah! Kisses!” Indian Ringnecks make excellent pets for the right home. They have stable personalities and can cope with minimal attention during busy times (does not mean they are content alone and as mentioned above ), and are great companions.
Due to their curious natures they are also avid learners, they love nothing more than learning new concepts, ideas, tricks, sounds, words etc. It’s important to keep these birds stimulated with a variety of toys in and outside of their cage. Due to their long tail feathers (as all parakeets have) it’s also important to have an appropriate sized cage to be able to support it’s tail (height is more important that length at this point).
Due to their stable personalities they are wonderful to interact with, they aren’t nearly as quick to bite and aren’t easily frustrated. They bond incredibly strong bonds with the members of the household, even if they choose a favourite. Making each and every relationship unique and special in it’s own way. Though this kind of bond can cause problems to outsiders, as they tend to chase away, bite and lunge at what (or who) they perceive as being an intruder. For those people they don’t like, luckily they are more opt to stay away from that person altogether.
Overall, this particular parrot can be a challenge at times (pushing your patience to the limits at times) this doesn’t detour from the fact that they make wonderful and excellent companion birds. With their intelligence, clear vocal skills and their strong forging bonds they can easily become one of the most memorable and best pet one could ever have.