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Indian Ringneck parrots
Caring for your Indian Ringneck Parrot
Indian Ringneck's as pets
I have a beautiful Indian Ringneck parrot who is around 2 and a half years old. He is a wonderful friend and makes an excellent pet. I got him when he was about 12 months old and completely wild. Since then he has learnt to trust me and allows me to handle him and pat him to some degree. He has also learnt to talk and associate certain words with their meanings (food being the main ones). Indian Ringnecks are a more independent species of bird which means they generally won't like to cuddle as much as other birds (although some may depending on personality), but they still need a lot of your time and attention.
Indian Ringneck parrots should be fed a variety of different seeds, fruits and vegetables daily. There are a number of foods that are toxic to birds, the main one being avocado which can cause death, so you must be careful and research the foods that are safe before adding them to your birds diet. Fresh water should also be provided daily.
Your Indian Ringneck will need a cage or aviary that it can call its home. This will be its safe haven so it is important. The cage should be as big as possible to allow your bird to move about freely without restriction. The bird should at least be able to spread its wings out without them touching the sides of the cage in all directions.
The cage needs to be cleaned regularly and also the perches and food bowls inside. Be careful with what you use for cleaning as cleaning sprays are generally toxic to your bird. I would suggest using warm water and a cloth (no chemicals).
Toys and Entertainment
Toys are a very important part of your birds day to day life. In the wild these birds would spend the majority of their day foraging for food and avoiding predators, which would keep them very busy. When they are kept in captivity neither of these things are necessary which leaves the bird with a lot of spare time. If birds become bored they can take on destructive behaviour, such as feather picking or screaming. They need stimulation and toys are a great way to provide it for them. It's a good idea to have a few toys that you can alternate regularly to keep them interested. Also your time with them is very important too. try to spend at least a couple of hours with them everyday to help keep them tame, bond with you and feel like part of the family. They can turn wild again very quickly when they are not given enough time.