Housing Indian Ringnecked Parrots

HOUSING INDIAN RINGNECKED PARROTS


The magnificent Indian Ringnecked Parrot Psittacula krameri manillensis is well established worldwide as a very popular pet and aviary bird.


Originating in India, the Normal Indian Ringnecked Parrot is a very attractive green bird, the mature male measuring 42cm from its blue-tinged head to the tip of its elegant long tail. The plumage of both the female and the male has a velvet appearance. These birds are difficult to sex visually until they reach 2–3 years of age. At this stage the pink and black feathers of the distinctive neck ring begin to appear on the male. The colour of this ring does vary within mutations.


The Indian Ringneck can be tamed as a pet bird and some birds have a very large vocabulary of up to 200 words! However, if not given adequate time, care and attention, the Indian Ringneck can rebel, as it has a very independent nature.


Indian Ringnecks do not have any special housing requirements. They are extremely hardy, coping well with Australia’s harsh summers and cold winters. The minimum measurements for a conventional aviary are 2 metres x .9 metre x 1–1.5 metres. This area will house one pair quite comfortably during and after the breeding season. One third of the roof should be covered to protect the birds from the sun and the rain, although most Indian Ringnecks seem to enjoy the rain. When setting up a new aviary it is important to scrub the wire thoroughly with steel wool and vinegar to remove the zinc coating. This will prevent your birds from developing heavy metal poisoning.


Perches, preferably natural native branches, should be placed all around the aviary so that the birds can exercise their feet and wear down their sharp claws! Place perches away from water and food bowls to prevent contamination from droppings. Because Indian Ringnecks love perching as high as possible in an aviary, perches should be located appropriately (with enough head room).


To read more in this article refer to the referenced source.



REFERENCE

Australian BirdKeeper Magazine Vol. 16, Iss. 8
The Indian Ringnecked Parrot—A Jewel in Aviculture by Jeszaen Lee. © ABK Publications 2011.


For a list of back issues of Australian Birdkeeper Magazine featuring Indian Ringnecked Parrots or Asiatic Parrots and other Australian Parrots
and for books/DVDs see www.birdkeeper.com.au



RECOMMENDED READING

A Guide to Asiatic Parrots and their Mutations Published by ABK Publications

A Guide to Colour Mutations and Genetics in Parrots Published by ABK Publications

A Guide to Basic Health and Disease in Birds (Revised Edition) Published by ABK Publications

The Indian Ringneck Breeder’s Handbook Published by Phil Robson

Asiatic Parrots and their Mutations Published by T&GJJ Bastiaan

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