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What are Indian Ringnecks like?

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So my question is what are Indian Ringnecks like as pets?

I have done a little research on them not for myself but for my mum, she has been thinking of getting a handreared Indian Ringneck for a while now, she doesn't work so has plenty of time for one but thought it would be better to hear from others with more experience before committing to one.
But from what I have read they can easily go back to their wild nature and be quite nippy and are they playful birds or not so much?

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EDIT: For myself, my dream bird is a Sun Conure but what's holding me back is the noise because I already have a few noisy birds at the moment, so is it impossible to train one maybe to not be so noisy like not reinforcing the behaviour or do they do it for no reason , the noise wouldn't bother me so much but it's the neighbours complaining that I'm worried about, in comparison how much noisier to a Lorikeet would one be?

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I have a 5 month old ringneck we just got, a blue, will post a picture of bullet here. He is a mess. He is going through the bluffing stage at the moment at 5 months. They are very sweet. They have their noisy moments but they are not much louder than my green cheek conure. Bullet bites hard, I have marks that are all over my hands again, that are black and blue and have bled some. He is just testing us to see if he will win the dominance thing but we are patient with him and continue to hold and play with him regardless. They can revert back to being wild if you do not continue to play with them, even through the bluffing stage. Please research before getting a baby. I researched for 2 years before deciding to go ahead and get a beautiful baby blue IRN named bullet for his feisty temperament. They bring lots of joy. Green cheek conures are just as sweet too. I love my kermit as well.
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Irn are beautiful, super intelligent, opinionated, independent birds ( in general). I had one for over 18 years. I can tell you for a fact that they don't revert if not handled. I got my bird when I was a teenager, kept her in an indoor aviary with an untamed female ring neck and didn't handle her at all during my college years. When I got married the bids came with me, into a smaller, but still large cage. The wild one stayed wild, but my Rikki actually mellowed and became a lot more predictable. Don't get me wrong, she would still bite anyone who showed timid ness or nervousness, but with me I respected her space and I can say, she never bit me in the last 8 years of her life.
That being said, I would be hard pressed into getting another one because of the noise. When I was home alone, she was mostly fine, although sometimes she would go off, I could shut her up with a glare. HOWEVER, every conversation I had with my husband over the phone when he was home was with her screeching in the background. Every home movie has bird calls in the background (and she was covered otherwise it would have been impossible to have a conversation with her mind melting screeches).
I like the asiatics personality because I like birds that are a little independent and I don't mind giving them their space, but I can't deal with the noise ( or the razor sharp beak)...although I really like the plum headed parakeets, they're supposed to be quiet.
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Are you in an apartment? If not, I think you should go for a sunny.

I don't know much about IRN's but catalinadee (Daisy) on here does and she usually advises against them. I would like to wait and see what she has to say about them. I think sun conures are definitely not apartment birds. I owned one once. Her name was Kiki and she was a fabulous bird. Very nippy but very playful and beautiful, too. Here she is:



My current lory, Phoebe, is much louder than my sun conure ever was. At least if I'm remembering right, LOL. Don't get me wrong, all of these birds are wonderful, but probably not exactly what you're looking for. I would like to see what the others have to say about this!




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Thanks for the input so far everyone and Bullet and Kiki are beautiful

I live in a small country town and on a quarter acre block so there is some distance between the neighbours. I know my Red Collared Lorikeet can get loud sometimes, I can hear her outside the house, maybe I should have a walk down the road when they are all noisy and see how far they can be heard lol I think they are only really bad when they hear the wild birds.

I've been filling my mum in on what you guys are saying about IRN, we've been researching them since last year but it's really nice to hear from people who have been there.
Will wait around for more feedback, I know she also likes the Alexandrines to so would they maybe be better or not so playfull?

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They do get moody and need LOTS of attention. I still have a baby from last year and still semi tame even though I don't spend a lot of time with her. Don't want to get attached. She is ok with me but not with anyone else. So might not be a good pet.
The IRN from the year before that even though hand fed never was a very tame bird from the start. First bird we have raised that has done that.
I have heard a lot of stories about once they are no longer babies they do get less tame but can still be handled with regular interaction. Just not a cuddle bird and very independent.

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Moustache parakeet is also in the same family, but smaller than Alexandrines. Not sure of their temperament, but from what I've read they might be a good choice.

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I've heard that moustache are the LOUDEST of the asiatics

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I've heard that moustache are the LOUDEST of the asiatics
Good to know....that one's out for me then lol

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I have one that is my baby, but she only likes me and no one else, I will try and post a video of her, her name is Rio and I love her but her screams are loud, but we are used to it.
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Here is a video of Rio

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Thank you for the video, Rio is so gorgeous and cute

My mum lost her galah (pepper) nearly a couple of years ago now and has been missing him that's why she's been thinking of getting another bird.
I do think she might be able to handle an IRN if she really wanted to because she's alot better with nippy birds than I am, I tend to pull my hand away to much lol

But I have given her my opinion that if it was me I'd go for a different sort, so we'll just wait for more replies and see what she decides

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LinnieLover, your ringneck is so beautiful, that is a beautiful blue. It makes me miss my ringneck. They are definitely for experienced bird people, or those really willing to work with a nippy bird. If they didn't have such a loud voice, I would definitely consider one again, I love their independence.

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Rio looks just like my bullet, except my bullet is a he/she at the moment, LOL. Can't wait till we know for sure. We are just going to wait it out, not too worried about DNA testing, because we will love our baby regardless. We did find out that our Kermit is a boy, (GCC) and very attached to my husband, LOL. My husband can't even go in a room without kermit if he is out playing. It is too funny. Our budgie Tiki is like that too though, and is attached to my daughter.
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IRN are beautiful intelligent birds that can learn to talk.
They will let you know if they don't like something.
Generally they don't like scritches.
They can be taught tricks.
I got a rescue called Bob and tamed him.
He was funny and amazing.
He was a fast learner.
They are nippy and bite and draw blood and hang on.
But they will warn first. Don't ignore that warning.
I had Bob hanging off my nose!
IRN are happier hanging out with you, rather than on you.
They're happy to.be left and aren't clinging, they don't tend to pluck if you're busy and ignore them.
They do require daily handling and I would recommend trick training to stop the biting.
They are a joy to feed and love fruit and veg.
Bob used to make appreciated noises when filling his beak full of chop.
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We got our Tilly about 3 months ago, she was given to us by an elderly Lady who wasn't able to handle her any longer.

Tilly got used to be with us fairly quick, she now is totally focused on me but lunges at my hubby. She is an attention seeker, LOVES to be scritched, the more the better. She is curious about everything I do, loves to hang out with me being scritched,cuddled and kissed.... and she cackles and clucks along...

So you see all our IRNs on here got different personalities.

Hope this helps with your mums decision

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Personally, I think of them more as hands off, aviary birds myself. They have a lot of personality traits that simply don't make them suitable as companion parrots. The key to remember is that they are all individuals and everybody has had different experiences with them, but from my point of view they simply aren't for everybody. They can be very loud and shrill but mine never made a peep

If you want a fairly quiet, easy to hang out with bird then I highly recommend Alexandrine parakeets. They're mellow, not too vocal (they are loud when they make a noise though of course), gentle giants, independent but still love hanging out and are far more hands on

I think if you can handle shrill lorikeets then you can handle a sun conure
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Thanks so much everyone for all your help, just thought I would let you know that she's decided against an IRN and is going to go for a Lorikeet. I think mine and my sisters ones personalities must have won her over lol
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