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Rose Ringed Parakeet

Oliver Jones

Are you a bird lover? Do you enjoy waking up in the morning to the serene sounds of chirping and singing? If you’re looking for a cute, cheerful, and colorful bird to add to your household, the Rose Ringed Parakeet could be a great pet for you! One of the oldest birds to be kept as a pet, the Rose Ringed Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot that has stunning emerald green plumage.

If you’re considering getting a Rose Ringed Parakeet as a pet, here is everything you need to know about this fantastic feathered friend!

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Common Names: Rose Ringed Parakeet
Scientific Name: Psittacula krameri
Adult Size: 16 inches
Life Expectancy: 40 years

Origin and History

The Rose Ringed Parakeet is unique in that the species is from all over the globe. They are not from just one region. The Rose Ringed Parakeet can be found throughout Africa, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Burma. It is one of the few parrot species that has successfully adapted to living in habitats disturbed by humans, including areas that have experienced deforestation and urbanization. In fact, this bird has been introduced to many big cities worldwide. Escaped Rose Ringed Parakeet have created small flocks in cities throughout Japan, Germany, France, England, and Belgium.

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Image Credit: MabelAmber, Pixabay

Temperament

The Rose Ringed Parakeet is a very popular pet for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is its loving and lively personality, If it is housed with other birds, the Rose Ringed Parakeet can be bold and brave. Be careful because this bird can even become territorial. When interacting with humans, the Rose Ringed Parakeet is silly, playful, and loves to be petted and preened.

Pros
  • Friendly towards humans
  • Easy to handle
  • Can a learn a vocabulary of up to 250 words
Cons
  • Can be territorial with other birds
  • Loud

Speech & Vocalizations

The Rose Ringed Parakeet is a very chatty bird. If you’re looking for a quiet pet, this parrot isn’t going to be right for you. It produces pitched calls and repeated shrieks. The Rose Ringed Parakeet can also learn to mimic your words and sounds, obtaining a vocabulary of up to 250 different words.

Rose Ringed Parakeet Colors and Markings

The Rose Ringed Parakeet is definitely a gorgeous bird to behold. Its stunning emerald-green plumage encompasses most of its body. It has black, neon blue, rose-ringed eyes, a bright red beak, and neon eyes. Its head is tinted with hints of electric blue. Male Rose Ringed Parakeets have rose, blue, and black bands running across their neck. The females lack this distinctive feature.

divider-birdsCaring for the Rose Ringed Parakeet

Your Rose Ringed Parakeet needs a large cage where it can easily stretch its wings and freely move around. We recommend a cage no smaller than 18 x 14 x 22 inches for one bird. Get a cage that is extremely tall with thinly-spaced bars so your parrot can climb and explore. Avoid lead or zinc cages, as these materials are toxic to Rose Ringed Parakeets. Never place the cage in drafty areas or spots that receive a lot of direct sunlight.

Provide your Rose Ringed Parakeet with plenty of toys to keep it engaged and mentally stimulated. Mirrors, bells, and cuttlebones are all great. Rotate the toys around to prevent monotony. Line the bottom of the cage with old newspaper and change it daily.

Image Credit: TheOtherKev, Pixabay

Common Health Problems

The Rose Ringed Parakeet is a hardy bird that can thrive in some of the world’s most arid and inhospitable regions. As such, it’s generally a very healthy parrot. However, it can become sick. Rose Ringed Parakeets can suffer from bacterial infections, polyoma, sarcocystosis, hypovitaminosis A, fungal infections, and psittacosis. Keep an eye out for signs of illness, including lethargy, a lack of appetite, missing feathers, changes in its behavior, encrusted feet, and self-mutilation. Keep your bird’s claws short to avoid potential injuries or ailments. A clean cage, high-quality diet, and routine vet visits all contribute to a happy and healthy bird.

Diet and Nutrition

The Rose Ringed Parakeet needs a balanced and high-quality diet that consists of small mixed seeds, green leaves, seeding grass, buckwheat, sunflowers, berries, fresh fruits, and nectar from flowers. Give it the occasion nut as a special treat. Ensure your Rose Ringed Parakeet always has access to fresh, clean water.

Avoid giving your parrot salts, oils, avocados, chocolate, alcohol, and excessive citrusy fruits. These items can make your pet sick.

Exercise

The Rose Ringed Parakeet needs plenty of physical exercise to stay healthy. Keeping it in a cage all of the time will not suffice. Let your parrot out for a few hours every day, cover windows and mirrors with towels when your bird is loose.

To keep its jaw muscles healthy, provide your Rose Ringed Parakeet with plenty of chew toys such as clean pine cones and wooden toys.

Where to Adopt or Buy a Rose Ringed Parakeet

Many pet stores sell Rose Ringed Parakeets. They typically cost between $200 and $300. You can also purchase this parrot from a reputable private breeder or adopt one at your local animal shelter.

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The Rose Ringed Parakeet is a fantastic pet to own. Social, friendly, and intelligent, this bird loves to interact with humans. It can learn a ton of words and will provide you with endless love and companionship for decades to come.


Featured Image Credit: MabelAmber, Pixabay

Oliver Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones - A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master's degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.