Indian Ringneck Parrots
Indian Ringneck Parrots as Pets
I have four Indian Ringneck Parrots: three boys and one girl. They all have their own very unique personalities. Oscar can talk really well and has learned to associate certain words with their meanings (food being the main ones). He is the only one out of the four who will allow me to handle him.
The other two boys, Ollie and Oren, also talk and have learned to say some of the words that Oscar says. The female, Oriel, is the most dominant among the group and will bite the others if they get too close (except for Ollie who she has bonded with).
Indian Ringneck Parrots are a fairly independent species of bird, which means they generally don't like to cuddle as much as other birds (although some may depending on personality), but they still need a lot of your time and attention.
Indian Ringneck Parrots have a very strong, loud and high-pitched squawk.
A variety of the following should be offered to your Indian Ringneck Parrot on a regular basis:
- Seeds: A high-quality bird seed mix; you can make your own with human-grade seeds (organic is best) and mix them up yourself.
- Fruit: Including (but not limited to) apple (remove seeds), banana, kiwi fruit (I peel the skin off), mandarin (no seeds), passionfruit and blueberries.
- Vegetables: Including (but not limited to) broccoli, carrot, zucchini, kale, spinach, green peas, sweet corn and capsicum.
- Nuts: I usually offer them almonds as treats throughout the day.
- Fresh Water: Preferably filtered instead of tap
- Pellets: I provide TOPS Organic Parrot Pellets, which are now available for purchase within Australia.
Try to offer organic if you can. If this isn't possible, I usually remove the skin. There are a number of foods that are toxic to birds, the main one being avocado which can cause death, so you must be careful and research the foods that are safe before adding them to your birds' diet.
Water should be changed regularly to ensure it is clean.
Your Indian Ringneck will need a cage or aviary that it can call its home. This will be its safe haven, so it is important. The cage should be as big as possible to allow your bird to move about freely without restriction. The bird should at least be able to spread its wings out without them touching the sides of the cage in all directions.
The cage, perches and food bowls need to be cleaned regularly. Be careful with what you use for cleaning as cleaning sprays are generally toxic to your bird.
I would suggest using warm water (no chemicals) and a cotton cloth (not microfibre, as tiny bits of the material may break off and possibly be ingested by your bird). Try not to leave any broken off threads or material within your birds reach.
Stainless steel is the safest cage material, followed by powder-coated and then galvanised (after welding). Rust can be dangerous to birds if chewed, so try to ensure your cage is rust free.
Toys and Entertainment
Toys are a very important part of your birds day-to-day life. In the wild, these birds would spend the majority of their day foraging for food and avoiding predators, which would keep them very busy.
When they are kept in captivity, neither of these things are necessary, which leaves the bird with a lot of spare time. If birds become bored, they can take on destructive behaviour such as feather-picking or screaming.
Toy and Household Safety
Parrots need stimulation and toys are a great way to provide it for them. However, toys need to be very carefully selected as they can pose a danger to your bird in the following ways:
- Some toys can contain toxic materials (such as toxic paints or metals) if they aren't created with your birds' wellbeing in mind.
- There are also rope toys that can cause your bird to become tangled or if chewed and swallowed cause your bird's crop to become impacted.
It is very important that you research the safest toy materials for your bird before making a purchase. I buy my toys from Pandemonium Parrot Toys and they are fantastic (made with safety in mind), as well as very reasonably priced. It's a good idea to have a few toys that you can alternate regularly to keep them interested.
There are also many other possible household hazards that need to be considered when having pet birds. It is important to familiarise ourselves with these dangers in order to prevent an unfortunate accident.
Time spent together is very important too. Try to spend at least a couple of hours with your bird each day to help keep them tame, bond with you and feel like part of the family.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Miranda Bain