A ringneck parakeet is a boilerplate sized parakeet bird and with its continued appendage is around 16 inches long. The average lifespan of these birds is about 20 to 25 years. The ringneck parakeet has a blooming body with every color that you can imagine. The different types of ringneck parakeets include pied ringnecks, cinnamon ringnecks, lutino ringnecks, gray ringnecks, and blue ringnecks.
The ringneck parakeets have red beak and once they mature you can differentiate the males by the rose arena and a black ring around their necks. During the adolescent period of the birds, they go through a stage called as bluffing where they become more aggressive and prone to biting. If the parakeet tends to bite during this stage then it is better to be calm rather than adapting a rude behavior. If the parakeet does not feel comfortable then it might retaliate in biting further.
An advantage of the bluffing period is that it is easy to train the birds during this stage. The parakeets have a tendency to get aggressive against the pet or person who gets close to the person that the birds bond well with. Handling and socializing with the ringneck parakeets takes time. It is important to spend time bonding with the pet everyday and trying to train them in a calm manner so that they don’t become aggressive and wild.
Another important thing that you should keep in mind is to set the parakeet free for sometime every day. Leave the pet out of the cage to play and explore the surroundings. However, keep an eye on the bird while it is out of the cage. They are inquisitive by nature and tend to chew anything that comes across their way. This can result in poisoning or spoiling your furniture.
Start feeding your parakeet with a pellet diet, and give fruits and vegetables for supplements. You can also give them some seeds, but make sure that you feed them moderately and use them as treats while training them. Keep a cuttlebone in your parakeet’s cage to supplement the calcium. Provide enough time to the parakeet and help it socialize with other family members.
Get a large cage for your ringneck parakeet. They need a large room to move about and play. Also, provide the cage with toys and perches of different sizes. Have a separate food and water dish placed in the cage. Parakeets love chewing, so make sure that the cage is not painted with any toxic materials. The smallest cage that you can have for the parakeet should be 24 x 8 inches and 36 inches high. The bottom of the cage should be wired so that the droppings can fall off. It is important not to use any bedding material at the bottom of the cage, as it can develop fungus alternatively you can use paper towel or newspapers.
The ringneck parakeets are good at learning tricks and have a good quality of mimicking speech. These birds can be easy to handle when they are not in the bluffing stage. When handled properly, these birds are playful and loving pets.