The Indian Ring-Neck Parakeet

Scienfic Name:- Psittacula krameri

They are know by various names including the Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet,   the Ringneck parrot and the Rose-ringed Parakeet.

They are a popular medium sized bird which have been kept as a pet since 200BC,   and was introduced into the UK in the Victorian times.   They are now increasingly seen flying wild around England,   having started breeding around London in the 1970s.   There are an estimated 5,000 individuals living in small colonies around England and Wales.

Ringneck parakeets are friendly and intelligent birds,   which can make very charming and rewarding pets if well socialised from a young age.   As they are very clever,   they get bored easily and provisions must be made to entertain them.   This can include puzzle feeder toys,   homemade paper and cardboard toys for shredding,   the provision of leafy branches to be investigated,   and companionship - either that of another bird or a person who should be at home most of the time.

Ring-neck Parakeets have been bred to show a wide range of colours other than the wild type striking green colour,   with coloured rings round the neck and a bright red beak.   Breeding for the pet trade has resulted in pale green,   yellow,   blue and even albino plumage.

Habitat :- They need a large safe area in which they can fly.

Diet :- They are largely vegetarian,   eating fruit,   nuts and seeds,   though wild ones will visit bird tables in back gardens and will eat meat and table scraps from these.   They require a plentiful supply of fresh water,   and food and water bowls should be changed and cleaned daily to prevent bacterial over-growth.

Life expectancy :- 20-30 years.

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