Origin: Africa & Asia
Family: Psittacidae (Parrots)
Species: P. krameri
Weight: 95 – 140 g.
Height: 40 cm
Wingspan: 42 – 48 cm
Appearance: Like many parrot species rose-ringed parakeets are sexually diamorphic. The female is generally slightly smaller than the male. Adult males display a dark red or black ring around the neck, this appears when the bird is around 2 years old. Females either have no ring or a less prominent shadowy grey collar rings. Both male and females generally show a distinctive green colouration over much of the body, tail feathers are often blue and long in proportion to the overall size of the bird. The upper part of the beak is red. The eyes of these pretty parakeets are black, generally with a red circle around the eye itself.
Procreation: In the wild these parakeets may not form lifelong pair bonds, when the bond does persist the male will display and court his female every year. They generally nest in unlined tree holes, the female incubates three to six eggs for more than three weeks, during which time she is guarded by her partner and both of the pair feed and raise the juveniles for 7 to 8 weeks.
Temperament: Despite being once regarded as aviary birds this friendly and adaptable species make great pets who are regarded as relatively easy to care for. They”re one of the few parrot species to cope well with urbanisation and in some parts of the world they have escaped from captivity and live successfully as urban feral birds.
Talkativeness: Both the males and females are great mimics and can be taught to talk and whistle. The rose-ringed parakeet can be loud, but a contented bird is more likely to give voice to a pleasant chortle than a raucous cry.
Preferred Food: A varied diet will keep your rose-ringed parakeet happy and healthy, this should include nuts, seeds, fruits, berries, grains and even flower buds.
Relationship with People: As with most birds, early socialisation is the key. Your rose-ringed parakeet needs a level of ongoing interaction to keep them tame and comfortable around you, but unlike some of the larger parrot species they are not excessively demanding of attention. They make great companions, are affectionate, love to learn tricks and are often particularly fond of bathing.
Care and Housing: These birds need a large enough cage to stretch their wings and exercise, it’s suggested that width is more important than height. Recommended cage sizes vary from 1 metre cubed up to 4 metres or more in length. Obviously a bird that never leaves its aviary needs more space than one which is allowed to fly free in the home and uses the cage mainly as a sleeping or resting place. These intelligent birds benefit from lots of cage toys so that they can occupy themselves with independent play when you can’t give them your attention.
Health Issues: Polyoma, sarcocystosis and aspergillosis, a fungal infection, have all been reported in the species but are considered rare. This is generally a healthy and hardy species; a varied diet is necessary to avoid vitamin deficiencies and good cage hygiene will reduce the risk of parasitic or bacterial infections which can lead to pneumonia.
Lifespan: 25 – 30 years.