Male Indian ringneck parrots -- or parakeets -- have a distinctive dark ring around their necks, which is slightly noticeable in some females, too. Proper care will help them live a long time.
In the wild, Indian ringnecks have been documented to live up to 50 years, with 20 to 30 being more the norm. Caged ringnecks typically live between 15 and 25 years.
The Bigger, The Better
Ringnecks love to fly, so buy a cage at least 36 inches high, 18 inches deep and 24 inches wide. Make sure its bars are made of stainless steel or steel covered with non-chipping paint so your pets don't ingest paint and become ill.
Hold the Sweets
Indian ringnecks need a healthy diet to live a long time. Start with a pellet mix made for parakeets and give fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Offer seeds and nuts only as treats. Avoid chocolate, avocado, caffeine and alcohol, which are toxic to birds.
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