Ringneck Parakeet

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Ringneck Parakeet

Common Name: Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Indian Ringneck Parrot, Rose-Ringed Parrot. Size: Medium, at about 16 inches in length including the tailfeathers.

Averange Lifespan: Between 25 - 30 years, although instances of Ringnecks living past the age of fifty have been authenticated.

Temperament: Although the Indian Ringneck has something of a reputation for being nippy and hard to tame, it is largely undeserved. Because they are so smart, Ringnecks get bored very easily, and will often resort to chewing and other destructive behavior if left to their own devices. They also go through a bluffing stage during adolescence that is difficult for some owners to manage. Ringnecks that are handled often and properly cared for, however, generally have sweet, charming personalities that make them a favorite of bird enthusiasts everywhere.

Colors: Ringnecks are available in shades ranging from bright yellows, greens, and blues, to albinos. Like a few other bird species, they are known as dimorphic, meaning that a bird's sex can be determined by its colors and markings. 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 barely slight darkening of color around their necks.