Indian Ringneck Love Brings Ringneck Problems

indian ringneck parrot give food to her three chicks in a tree hollow
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Indian ringneck’s are marvelous birds and I’ve had the great fortune to live with the species and two different households.

They’re not big birds they way an average of 115 g about the body size of a Senegal or a fat cockatiel but the long tail gives the impression that it’s a much larger birds.

The overall length of the bird must be taken into consideration when choosing the right birdcage and especially travel carrier.

They can be quite tame and are a relatively good talker.

Below you will find three curated questions about Indian ringneck’s the found us one way or another and we felt sharing solutions would be helpful


In a former life, another movie, I was a dog guy.


10 years of malamutes and Huskies.


15 years of standard poodles.


Sometimes divorce allows sets you adrift.


In my case I drifted into a household of 2 children and 3 parrots.


Cherry headed conure, white capped pionus and a Lutino (yellow) female Indian ringneck.


At some point I realized I needed to move forward.


The glue that bonds our disjointed life experiences is too cosmic to explain.


I met Catherine in the spring of 2002.


By the end of that summer I was thoroughly ensconced in her life including Sunshine and Honey her TWO Indian Ringneck’s.


Honey the female could care less about any “being” other than Sunshine, her “boy toy”.


Sunshine was a case of unrequited love with Catherine and miserable with Honey.


Catherine made the rational decision to introduce Honey back into a breeding program enabling her to focus on Sunshine as a pet.


Sunshine was a trip.


He had a few phrases he would speak like “nummy, nummy” in the same sweet voice that all Indian Ringnecks have.



He loved Catherine.

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He loved her feet.


Sunshine went across the rainbow bridge one summer afternoon having suffered a stroke at the age of 20.


He set the bar for keeping birds in our home.


Editor’s note:  Indian ringnecks, are the national bird of India and are not allowed to be held captive. replied


Hi Mitch,


I’m at a loss with my IRP. She will be 5 in May.

She has started hormonal behavior and she is way out of control.

I’ve read a few articles on what to do and what not to do.

She has been in attack mode for more than a month. If anyone comes over she attacks them.

She will come to me just to attack, then wants me to rub her head as I would normally do, then she attacks again.

I’m so upset, we use to be best friends.

I just purchased a light from your website thinking this would help.

I talked to the vet and he said just leave her in the cage.


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.