Indian Ringnecks

Sometimes it is pretty amusing what people call Kiki! Some have even guessed her to be a canary!

Basic Facts

Classification: Psittacula Krameri Manillensis;

Subspecies: African Ringneck Psittacula k. Krameri;

Distribution: Peninsular India, south of Sri Lanka, Singapore, historically parts of Europe (Indian Ringneck, P.k.manellensis),
Sudan, Senegal (Afrikan Ringneck, P.k.krameri)

Lifespan: 40-50;

Varieties: Blue, Lutino, Albino, Pastel, Lacewing, Buttercup;

Sexing: Males have black rings with a pink patch around their necks, females lack this ring. In some mutations, such
as the lutino, this ring will be pink, with a white patch, the female still lacks the ring;

Juveniles: Similiar to the female but with the pupil being pure black without the white iris, darker beak, shorter
tails, young attain adult plumage within about 3 weeks;

Size: 41cm (16 in);

Fledging: 49 to 55 days;

Incubation: 23 to 24 days;

Clutch: 4 to 5, sometimes 6, broad-oval white eggs;

Habitat: A variety of woodlands and forests, savannah (African ringneck, P.k.krameri), and tropical regions;

Feeding: A large variety of seeds, greens, and vegetables with a small amount of pellets included in the diet, they
are fond of pistachio nuts, safflower seeds, and sunflower seeds although this should be fed in minority as a result of the
risk of kidney disease these seeds pose;

Behavior: They are very temperamental, and need strong guidance from their owners, owners who are afraid of their bird
will lack the guidance these birds need, owners who fear beaks will not be the proper owners for these birds, they are very
strong-willed, affectionate, sweet, cuddly, and extremely funny;

History & Origin

The Indian Ringneck belongs to a family of parrots called the Asiatic Parrots, with the subspecies name of
Psittacula Krameri Mannelensis. Commonly described as the ‘Gems of the Rainforest’ these parrots are
bred in various brilliant mutations. The Indian Ringnecks are considered some of the best talkers! They are found primarily in India, Burma, and parts of Central and North Eastern Africa. The first Lutino (yellow bird) was produced 1934.
The Asiatic Parrots are composed of various other species apart from Indian Ringnecks. Among these are Alexandrines,
Moustached Parrots, Derbyans, Plum-heads, Blossom-heads, and many more. They feed mainly on seeds, fruits, and berries.

The pink area is inhabited by Indian Ringnecks


The Indian Ringneck is fifteen inches in length. The two central tail feathers give the parrot some extra length. They have
graceful and slender proportions which seem in perfect harmony with their vibrant, or pastel colors. Their mutations are
simply endless! Green, Lutino, Blue, Albino, Lacewing, Pastels and Pieds. The most prominent feature I like of the Ringneck
is their lovely long tail. If spread out widely, the Ringneck’s tail is fascinating.

Green (female)

Green (male)

Lutino (female)

Lutino (male)


Blue (female)

Blue (male)


Clearhead fallow


Dominant Pied




Ringnecks as Pets

In addition to their brilliant color in plumage, the Ringnecks make excellent pets. They are pretty noisy and have a piercing call that can be annoying at times. Their lifespans average from 20-40 years.

Something that has to be taken into consideration though, is that any parrot is a smart creature needing constant stimulation and challenges. Owners will have to read about their behavior, training, and how to train them, keeping them mentally busy all the time. You will have to teach your bird tricks, teach her to talk, or give her other challenges to stop her from feather plucking. It’s like trying to keep a 2-year-old child mentally satisfied while locked up in a cage.