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What The Expects: Choosing Birds For Your Indian Ringneck

Indian Ringneck Parrots are a line of parrot varieties that are native to India. In the wild, Indian Ringnecks can survive on their own and could go for days without food or water and be perfectly happy, however, this does not mean that they make for good pets. In this blog article, our conversation about bird compatibility will be narrowed down to four different main species, Indian ringneck parrots being one of them: cockatiels, budgies, conures, and macaw.

Choosing birds for your Indian Ringnecks
Indian Ring Neck

In the wild, cockatiels along with smaller parrots are much more likely to be a victim of predation than Indian Ringnecks (almost medium size). While still quite common in captivity, most Indian Ringneck Parrots that are bought as pets come from people who breed them on purpose, which suggests generally more adequate care and more luck at survival. Considerably less often than companion parrots like budgies or conures could ringnecks escape early death despite being in good hands at first. While their chances of finding a new breeding partner may be lower when they become adults, they can live an average life span of 20 years or longer!

The purpose of the talk today is to find out some common questions about Ringneck parrots. What are those birds or specifically the parrots that can share aviary with Ringneck or Indian Ringneck to be more precise? How to make sure different species of parrots live with Ringnecks happily?

First thing first, we need to understand a bit about Ringnecks, what they do, and their behavior in captivity. 

What do Indian Ringnecks like to do in captivity?

This information is vital to figuring out the mate for Ringneck Parrot.

Indian Ringneck parrots are one of the most popular birds in captivity, but what do they like to do? Indian Ringnecks are well-known for their mimicry abilities and love of talking. They also enjoy singing, dancing, and being around people. When it comes to activities in captivity, Indian Ringnecks love to sing and dance along with their caregivers.

They are very active, vocal, and fun to watch in their enclosure. They also like to eat insects such as crickets or mealworms once per day.

The Indian Ringneck needs regular exercise, including climbing or hanging upside down to play. Being arboreal birds, they love to climb and spin on branches. Because of their natural curiosity, they will often get a lot of enjoyment out of playing with toys.

So, the birds you might want to include in the same aviary could be those who also have similar interests. This will save you the headache of separate adjustments.

Blue Indian Ring Neck
Blue Indian Ring Neck

At the same time, you need to make sure that space and activity tools like toys and swings are sufficient enough to cater to all birds happily.

Still, the birds start fighting, separating them quickly is the best thing to do.

Can Indian Ringnecks live alone?

Indian Ringnecks, can they tell you how they feel alone? Off-course they cannot! However, the assumptions are they will be just fine.

Indian Ringneck parrots are not typically considered”singles.” But they can survive just fine on their own. Indian Ringnecks do need to have plenty of toys and activities to keep them active and entertained, but they don’t necessarily need a special companion. In fact, some people find it helpful to have one or two other birds in the household for company, but even then, Indian Ringnecks are usually good roommates who don’t bother each other too much.

That’s a good sign, right!

Do Indian Ringnecks get along with other birds such as conures, budgies, and cockatiels?

Indian Ringneck birds are usually easy to get along with, as long as they are given plenty of interaction and food.

Now the question is can they get along with some of the other parrots like conures, budgies, and cockatiels.

That is up to the owner and their experience with living with birds. A cockatiel or smaller parrot can always be a better company for these birds who will have more room to test their feathers in. Cockatiels are renowned among pet bird owners for being “peers” or companion birds.

BUT it doesn’t mean you just lock them up together without caution.

Do Indian Ringnecks get along with other types of birds such as macaw and toucans?

Indian ringnecks can get along with other types of birds. These are social birds and usually get along well with other members of their flock, but they may be less tolerant of other animals in the home. However, macaw and toucans are big birds while ringneck is a small to medium parrot. Some of the larger parrot species, such as Amazon and Eclectus parrots, may be challenging to pair with a ringneck but not impossible. There is less likely a combination of these two species. Their behavior, environment, and habits differ a lot. Furthermore, ringneck might feel depressed in this environment with these big birds.

Personally, I don’t recommend combining these in one captivity unless you have a good reason to do that. I would suggest continuing reading to know the problems you may encounter.

Different species should not be combined because:

Fear and Dominance Leads to fight and disaster.

It is difficult getting multiple birds to interact with each other. Parrot owners should encourage caution and patience when introducing new birds into the cage without any intervention from their pet experts. Parrots are likely to exhibit their natural fear and dominance behavior in response to a weakened social structure. It is best to evaluate every interaction as it occurs, keep an eye on things, and give your companion parrots time to find a group that coexists well there before adding more companions.

Fights in different species of parrots especially when the size and strength difference is noticeable, can be fatal. Within a few minutes, you can lose a precious life of a lovely bird. So, be aware of that and don’t take risks.

Violet Ring neck
Violet Ring neck

Stoped or Uncontrolled Breeding

If a group of parrots is next to other birds and not separated, the frequency of breeding can be uncontrolled. When humans move these parrots to new areas, it’s important to do a thorough inspection when they arrive in order to make sure that they are not near any other living bird species.

The fight can endanger newly hatched or newly laid eggs. If you separate the breeding pairs from all other less experienced parrots, the newly hatched and the eggs will have a better chance of survival and success.

Do Indian Ringnecks Need Companions At All?

I just can’t understand how the “traditional” ringneck has been so vilified. I know, that’s a common saying, but I really mean it. There are so many things wrong with the way they are raised and treated that it’s hard to even think about them. Here is the truth: Ringnecks are one of the easiest breeds to keep but still they need companions. Choosing the right companion can make not only your day but Ringnecks. So, be very careful while you do that. My personal recommendation is Ringnecks should be paired with Ringnecks only. However, you can hit and trial but that might cost you real irreversible damages.

Final Words

While it is important to consider all these factors when choosing your birds, don’t forget about their temperament. Ask yourself questions like

“Do I want an active or passive bird?”
“What kind of personality do these Ringnecks have?”
“What do analysts say about the interaction of these parrots with each other?”
“If the Newcomer and Ringnecks don’t get along, what would I do then and can I afford it?”

You can answer these questions, right? If so, then congratulations—you are well on your way to making an informed choice about which birds will be living in the aviary with Ringnecks parrots!

If you find this piece of information helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Send it specifically to one of your friends who owns a Ringneck parrot, he would definitely thank you.

2 thoughts on “What The Expects: Choosing Birds For Your Indian Ringneck”

  1. An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you should write more on this subject matter. To the next! Many thanks!!

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