the natural home range is India and asia, the environment they come from is semi desert, open shrub and bushland and ever green forest. These birds also inhabit gardens orchards towns and cities where they rely on rich fruit bearing vegetation and locals who feed them. These birds have become introduced pests in some countries and has the potential to become another introduced pest in australia. With the right precautions and care we can greatly reduce this possibility.
Description and sexing
The indian ringneck in its natural form is a medium to small sized parrot with a red hooked beak and a long tail. They are 37 cm to 43 cm long including the tail and green in colour. The male bird has a black and pink ring around its neck , where females and birds under the age of 2 years do not. In captivity there are many variations in colour as you can see from the photo on this page. colours range from bright yellow, blue, albino to violet and mixed variations.
Care and feeding indian ringnecks
Wild indian ringnecks have a diet that consists of leaf buds, berries, fruits, seeds, insects, nuts and vegetables.
In captivity these birds should have a combination of fruits, vegetables, pellets, a good seed mix, meal worms and nuts. A balanced diet is important for your bird and should not only be fed seed or pellets alone. Birdsville recommends vetafarm nutriblend pellets, vetafarm paradise pellets, roudy bush, or kaytee pellets. All Pellets are available at birdsville.
Housing for tame ringnecks.
When looking for a cage to house your bird, you want to look for a cage that is large enouph for your bird to stretch its wings and have a flap without hitting any toys food bowls of the side of the cage. Your cage must have room for atleast 3 to 4 toys and 3 food bowls. Keeping all this in mind buying the largest cage you can afford to make sure your bird remains happy healthy and tame. Staff at birdsville can help you with this selection with our large range of cages in store. Indian ringnecks with the wrong environment or allowed to get bored will in time develope behaviour problems such excessive chirping or feather plucking and self mutilation. It is much easier to prevent these problems than to solve them. Select toys that they can chew on, climb on with different textures like leather and wood, toys that encourage natural foraging behaviour or a puzzle they have to solve to get a treat as well as swings bells and ladders. Rotating toys are a good idea so your bird does not get bored with their toys. Natural tree branches with leaves also provide a good distraction for your bird but remember to clean branches under running water befor giving to your bird. If your bird is outside it is imperative that your bird has sufficient protection from the elements. Direct sun can cook and kill a bird and shelter from the rain is imperative.
Ringnecks as an aviary bird
These birds mix very well with asiatic parrots such as Plum heads and Alexandrine parrots. Sufficient flight space is necessary the aviary should be atleast a metre wide and 2 metres long with sufficient protection from the elements. Indian ringnecks should never be mixed with much smaller birds as they will easily kill a budgie sized bird or smaller. Always be very careful when mixing species as a general rule only house similar sized birds together. Keep in mind birds that get along can quickly become aggressive around breeding season and even fight to the death.
Introducing your new bird to existing birds
Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.
Your bird will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home (check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Young birds that have been recently weaned have a delicate bacteria’s developing in there gut, worming at this stage could harm the bacteria’s development and your new bird. Worming will need to be done
every 6 month. Worming your bird is essential for the health of all parrots in captivity.
Lice & Mites
These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes. Your bird Lice and mite bottle will explain how to use, remember avoid the mouth and eyes.
This is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. The bird need to behandle in a quiet, relaxed situation. Spending time with your bird while watching TV or reading is perfect, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home babies need rest. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become. Training indian ring necks
These birds are relatively easy to breed with a good diet and the right conditions. These birds usually start breeding season for indian ringnecks in sydney australia around august. The female will start showing interest in breeding by spending time in her nesting box. The female bassicly plays all the cards and the poor male will do what his told, only joking. But seriously, the female may chase the male but both birds will become very interested and affectionate towards eachother. When this happens it is only a matter of time befor the first egg will be laid. Indian ringnecks usually lay 3-5 eggs and incubation lasts an average of 23 days. They fully fledge at seven weeks but are fully dependant on there parents until they are 10 to 11 weeks old.
many breeders take the babies out when they are 2 weeks old they will lay a second clutch but usually they will have one clutch a year.
Toys are used as a form of environmental enrichment but enrichment shouldnt stop there. As an ex zoo keeper it was a major concern that all animals must have a variety environmental enrichments to keep the critters entertained. This is in no way different for anyone who has a tame parrot at home. Enrichment is important because parrots simply can not thrive with only perches, food and water. The fact is birds provided with enrichment are unlikely to develope psychological problems such as self mutilation, feather plucking and excessive squarking. Enrichment WILL in fact effect your bird in a positive way with its mental and physical development when training your bird you will actually end up with a better, less fearful, friendlier and relaxed bird which will be more easily trained. Enrichment can be chew toys, play toys, leather toys, acrylic plastic toys, wooden toys, shredding toys, ropes, swings, ladders, bells, balls, birdie balls, plain card board,small boxes, wicker baskets, tray of wheat grass, plants, bird baths,different foods, food kabobs, nuts, (all available at birdsville) You may also find in your local area pine cones, hide food inside pine cones, twigs, bendy branches, flowers and branches- safe flowers are bottle brush, grevellia, eucalypt melaleuca flowers, hubiscus, marygolds, dandy lions leaves and all, roses, violets to name a few.
Note anything found outside should be disinfected and non poisonouse and toys must be non toxic.
Enrichment tip- the trick to keeping them entertained is regularly rotating toys as they will become bored with the same toy in there cage day after day. Changing them regularly will create interest for your bird as if they are receiving a whole new toy to play with.