African Ring-Necked Parakeet
Scientific Name: Psittacula krameri krameri
Origin: From African countries including Mauritania, Senegal, Southern Sudan, and West Africa
Average Lifespan: They could live up to 50 years
Size: 11 to 13 inches
Color: Lime green with black ring around the neck area for male while a lighter green ring for female
Sounds: Talkers, can mimic human sounds and words especially when trained young
Interaction: Social, likes to bond with their human
Physical Characteristics African Ring-Necked Parakeet
The African Ring-necked parakeet specie is part of the small-sized parrot family weighing about 110 to 120 grams. They are relative to the more popular and larger Indian Ringnecks and they share almost the same physical features such as the green colored feathers with black ring around the neck. However, the African Ringnecks have darker shade of green compared to their Indian cousins which are vibrant in color. The black ring of the African Ringnecks is more prominent and thicker on the front neck area. The permanent markings will start to develop at their eighteenth month of life.
This specie has small red beak, longer tails, and yellow underwings that reaches up to the tail. If you are an expert in identifying birds, you can easily differentiate the African Ringnecks from the Indian Ringnecks.
Personality and Temperament
They are ideal as pets because of their social nature. They love interactions more than cuddling with their humans. They have docile personality especially if they were acquired very young or after their weaning stage. They can be petted outside of their cage and they can easily be trained to sit on their human’s shoulder.
African Ring-Necked parakeets are less aggressive, easy to handle and train. They’d rather be petted on the neck area rather than the body. Frequent interaction with them is essential to build a stronger bond. If handled and cared for properly, these breeds are not just perfect for pets but as companions too.
Health and Care
Caring for an African Ring-Necked Parakeet could not be as simple as caring for the other kinds of birds especially during their nesting period. This specie could be a little too demanding when it comes to their nesting area because they easily get fluttered during these times and will need privacy at this stage. They have to feel secure and safe in their location so to not put stress on them. If not on breeding stage, these are not much of a requirement.
Just like with any other pet birds, you will need a larger cage to house your African Ringnecks. When choosing a bird cage for them, make sure that it is large enough for them to turn around, fly from one spot to another, and comfortably hang upside down. It is also recommended that the cage is wide enough that they can freely flap their wings wide without touching the bars. You may put some toys in their cage for some amusement as these birds love to play with toys.
Feed them with healthy bird diet that consists of pellet seeds, fruits, vegetables, and other bird foods. You can feed them with steamed veggies like carrots and pumpkins but be cautious as well on what kind of fruits and veggies to feed them as there are also prohibited foods that can cause death such as avocado, onions, and fruit seeds. You can feed them portions of protein rich food such as cooked chicken or beef but do not leave chunks of meat in their cage because it will spoil easily.
History and Background
The other names for this specie are Rose-ringed Parakeet, Long-tailed Parakeet, Northern Rose-ringed Parakeet, Green Parakeet, and Senegal Long-tailed Parakeet. They are from African descent and geographically originated from south of Gambia and throughout the east side of Ethiopia. This specie thrives to warm climate and nests often on palm trees. They flock together in groups of 20 to 50 birds.
Female African Ring-Necked parakeets could lay from 2 to 5 eggs that are white in color and incubated for 23 days. The male bird guards the female and the eggs and is the one to provide food for them. When the offsprings start to develop their feathers, that’s the time the mother bird could help the father bird in collecting foods for their young ones until they learn to fledge.