Mallee Ringneck Parakeet

Mallee Ringneck Parakeet
Scientific Name: Barnardius zonarius barnardi
Origin: South Eastern Australia
Average Lifespan: Up to 15 years or more
Size: Up to 13 inches
Color: Mainly combination of green and blue
Sounds: Quiet
Interaction: Hands off / Somewhat social

Mallee Ringneck parakeet perching on a tree branch

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Physical Characteristics of Mallee Ringneck Parakeet

The Mallee Ringneck parakeet has body feathers with color that are mostly blue and green. The head and the crown is bright green and the cheeks have some tinge of bluish shades. It has a red band on the lore to the forehead area. Its primary wing feathers is dark blue and the tail feathers is dark green with blue tips. The color of its ring neck is yellow. They have dark brown iris and grey feet.

This Australian specie could grow as long as 13 inches from head down to the tip of the tail and could weigh up to as much as 4 to 5 ounces. The juvenile bird has a duller plumage compared to the male adult and it has brownish back neck and back of its crown. Female specie is duller in color than the male bird and the color of the back area is more of dark grayish green. Because of their colorful appearance similar to the colors of the forest and flowers in the wild, they can blend well in open woodlands which also protects them from predators and from human poaching.

Personality and Temperament

According to Australian specie experts this specie is not for beginner pet bird owners. An intermediate knowledge up to advance is required to be able to properly care for this specie. They are very aggressive birds and usually housed in pairs when in aviary. They are not fond of human handling, even the young chicks could show aggression towards human and even more aggressive than the adults, but there are cases that young birds when hand-reared can be tamed and loving as they grow mature. These birds are not too noisy and ideal for those who are looking for companion birds that create low noise. They like to chew heavily on woods especially eucalypt branches. These birds are very choosy when it comes to picking their nesting spot.

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Health and Care

The favorite of food of these birds are fresh vegetables especially dark leafy greens. They would pick them over fruits and bird seeds. It is essential that they have vegetables to munch on everyday but it also important that they feed on formulated bird seeds and pellet mix for proper nourishment. Soaked and sprouted seeds are highly recommended as well as seeding grasses and greens.

The Mallee Ringneck parakeet must be housed in pairs in a large cage where they can fly to exercise their wings. It is important that you provide them with something to chew on like block of woods or branches as this is very important for their well-being, aside from fighting boredom, it helps exercise their beaks and keep them entertained. They need some time for sunlight exposure to be able to absorb the calcium from some of the formulated seeds they eat.

History and Background

The Mallee Ringneck parakeet is one of the four sub-species of the Australian Ringnecks (the other three are the Port Lincoln parakeet, Twenty Eight parakeet, and the Clonclurry parakeet). In the wild, these birds are commonly seen resting in mallee scrubs, Mulga treed areas, and open woodlands. They are sometimes mistaken for Port Lincoln Parakeets because of their size and color.

The female Malle Ringneck can lay up to 4 to 6 eggs which is incubated for 20 days. The hatchlings will starts to fledge at about 30 days after. Because of the highly aggressive temperament of adult Mallee Ringnecks, it is highly recommended that the juvenile birds be separated from their parents once they are completely independent to avoid them getting hurt or killed by the adults this will also allow the pair to begin breeding again.

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