Indian Ringneck

Indian Ringneck

 Origin and History

The Indian ringneck parakeet is an Asiatic subspecies of the rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri). It is an Asiatic parrot originally from Ceylon. Now, you can find it in many parts of Asia, notably India and Pakistan. It also lives in the western and southern areas of Sudan and the Middle East.

In the wild, they live in lightly timbered areas, as well as farmed areas of the countryside. They travel in flocks of 100 or more birds, so they are used to having company.

Indian ringneck parakeets have been kept in captivity from as early as 200 BC. In India, they were regarded as sacred beings after religious leaders began to recognize their ability to mimic human language clearly. Highly regarded by wealthy Indian royals, ringneck parrots were kept in decorative cages and admired for their colors and charming dispositions.

During the 1920s, aviculturists began breeding captive ringnecks, and, with the advent of different color mutations, the popularity of the bird started to explode. Now widely available in the pet trade, Indian ringneck parakeets continue to gain increasing popularity as pets. Their relatively small size and beautiful markings help to make the ringneck the right choice for many bird owners.
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