Indian Ringnecks

Look but don't touch

The Indian ringneck is a great talker, an impressive attribute in its own right, but it’s their voices that make them such an attractive parrot to many people. They have a most adorably sweet and expressive quality to their voice – it puts an ear to ear grin on your face that is impossible to wipe off. If you go online and check out videos of talking indian ringnecks, you will want one, guaranteed. BUT, before you buy, you should know that they have earned a reputation of being difficult birds to own. Indian ringnecks are not exactly “people” birds. While some will allow some forms of physical interaction, many do not care to be handled by humans.

This quality does not make them unfriendly, just independent. They are perfectly happy in the presence of their owners, and will agreeably step up for a ride to the living room, but generally, they prefer the relationship to be otherwise hands-off. It is our human habit to lavish affection on a new pet when we first bring them home. We mean well, and we aim to make the newcomer feel loved, but while that might feel good to a puppy, it can feel forceful to a bird.

When your bird is an Indian ringneck, you can multiply that discomfort times ten. This information is rarely shared by breeders or store employees with potential customers, some of whom are looking for a cuddly new pet. Heaven forbid a sale be lost.

However, it is their most relevant characteristic because it can result in behavioral problems when poorly informed new owners unintentionally mishandle their new indian ringneck. During breeding season, the indian ringneck changes its tune and becomes very physically affectionate, although not in a good way. They become reactive to the hormones in their system and DEMAND your attention.

It must be understood by the owner that the advances are of a sexual nature, and when you don’t respond appropriately (to their way of thinking,) they become offended and nippy. Another breeding behavior common with this species is regurgitation. During breeding season they will often leave a white, pasty coat of regurgitation of their favorite toys, requiring extra cleaning efforts from their owners.

Loveable in their own way

This is not to imply in any way the the indian ringneck is a poor choice for those looking for a parrot to love – they just require companionship in a different way than other birds. The indian ringneck needs an owner that understands and accepts its nature.

If you are the type of bird owner who doesn’t require physical interaction from your bird, this might be a great species for you. They are remarkably intelligent parrots, who learn to speak from an early age, and you will love spending time teaching new words to your bird – if only to hear its delightful voice.

Why not take it a step further and train your bird to do tricks to accompany that cute voice?

Even birds that prefer not to be touched need meaningful interaction with their owners. Training is the perfect way to spend time with your bird in a way that is non-invasive to him physically but still provides the perfect outlet for quality time together.

11 comments

Ariana

Hi! I just recently got a indian ringneck who is not tamed but will eat apple out of my hand, his name is Beau im struggling on where to start with the basic training like step up as he is kind of scared unless i have food in my hand. I have experience with Conures that were hand tamed as babies but this is totally different

Ariana
Clarissa Nelson

This is the truest thing I have read. Luckily I work with parrots and the public myself, and when I’m asked about my own pet bird (who is an IRN), this is exactly what I tell them. Kokanee is adorable, charming, fun, and affectionate in his own way, which is perfect for our house, but not at all cuddly!

Clarissa Nelson
Mukhtar Jaballa

How much is gonna be training for 4 months Indian ringneck

Mukhtar Jaballa
Anisha

My parrot is scared of the family it doesn’t come near us he just sits there plucking his feathers and I tried everything but it still doesn’t work it really upsets me have you got any ideas how to stop this would I need to buy another parrot to gain it’s trust I’m really confused and it’s making me feel sorry for him as he is lonely in a cage and doesn’t want to come out

Anisha
Alannah

My parrot is scared of the family it doesn’t come near us he just sits there plucking his feathers and I tried everything but it still doesn’t work it really upsets me have you got any ideas how to stop this would I need to buy another parrot to gain it’s trust I’m really confused and it’s making me feel sorry for him as he is lonely in a cage and doesn’t want to come out

Alannah
Mukhtar Jaballa

I am thinking to buy male hand feed Indian ring parakeet and honestly I don’t have experience to it I had finsh and canary but parakeet so how you can help me? Please help

Mukhtar Jaballa
Kate

Sarim It’s patience all the way with IRN but the rewards are fab. I have a male called Buddy took us I hot minute to get that trust but now…….his character is wicked and we’ve just taught him the Adams Family theme tune. Good luck. X

Kate
Meenakshi

Hello! We bought Indian Ringneck two months back who is around one year old or so. He is quiet friendly and started to learn talking with little training.These little pets want attention and lots of variety fruits to make them happy.I was not very sure that he will start talking and responding to me in the beginning but with patience and repetitive words he is learning a new word/ phrase every week.

Meenakshi
Tiffany Jean-Paul

I discovered you guys while looking for information on Youtube about why my IRN behaves the way she does. I’m a first time bird owner who received an(approximately) 2yr old IRN from a co-worker. I just wanted to thank you and your family for teaching me day by day. In the five months since we became roommates, she’s bloomed from being the low man on the pecking order into a different person. I’ll keep watching and hopefully keep learning. Thanks

Tiffany Jean-Paul
Sarim

Hey I have two 4 months old Indian Ringnecks who are very new to my house. Any tips how to remove their fear of me and teach them few basic tricks like stepping up and down?

Sarim
EJ Perino

Hello! Maybe we can add their close cousins the Alexandrine Parrots since they share traits/personalities? Not to mention they can cross breed and have babies together 😍

EJ Perino

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