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Ringneck parrot help:)

I was thinking about ring necks and was wondering if there bites hurt and if you get them tame do they still bite

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I used to have an African Ringneck. She was very sweet but didn't like to be handled. I couldn't tell you if their bites hurt because she never bit me even if I picked her up and she didn't want me to. The one thing you need to remember is that with Ringnecks you have absolutely got to spend time handling them! If they are not handled quite a bit then they can become a little aggressive and not want to be sociable at all. I know people that have very tame ones that absolutely love them and say they are definitely worth putting the time into and make excellent companions. As far as the biting, I wouldn't want to get bit by one! I'm sure they could hurt pretty bad if they really want to just like any other bird. lol Are you considering getting a ringneck? I would go for ones that already tame or very young.
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i have a 7 mounth old indian ring neck named solo, i have had him/her sinse he/she was 2 mounths old and she is the love of my life she is super smart and loyal. She is a joy to watch and loves being cuddled most of the time but, she demands attention all the time it strarts at about 7 in the morning until she goes to bed at 8ish, the way she lets me know she wants attention is by calling me in the high pitched screech. I have to spen lots of my time with her because if you dont give them lots of attention they get bored and they become less tame. They are very unpridictable when it comes to thier moods one moment solo is cuddling with me the next she is ripping my hands apart but you learn to understand thier body language so it becomes easier to predict what mood they are in. There bites can hurt, solo has broken skin once or twice but they get less nippy as they get older. they bite quite a bit when they are young because they go through a bluffing stage which is like a rush of hormones. they are very much a one person bird and they are people pleasers. they are active birds so they need quite a big cage.
here is some in info i found on the net when i first got solo
Ringnecks are marvelous talkers. They can talk very well and hearing them talk can be an enjoyment. Some ringnecks start talking around seven months, while most start around a year. They talk clearly and can easily be understood by strangers. These parrots can easily keep up with their larger cousins.
Along with their ability to mimic speech rather well, the Indian Ringneck is an avid learner. These parrots pick up concepts extremely fast, along with tricks and behaviors. In Asia, these birds are used as performers to attract spectators as they pass by shops. These parrots love to be challenged mentally and look forward to mental stimulation.

The truth is both males and females will bond to their owners strongly. I find it more extreme in females than males. Females tend to guard their chosen person by chasing away intruders with lunging and biting. A female ringneck can be extremely loyal to her chosen person. Males just stay away from the people they do not like.

Indian Ringnecks go through a special stage after being weaned that may cause them to be aggressive. This stage is natural and is a critical learning period for your Indian Ringneck. How you deal with this stage has a long lasting affect on your ringneck’s personality and will probably mold your ringneck for the rest of its life. So why do ringneck’s bluff?
Firstly, the first culprit could be a surge of hormones. During this period, ringnecks may receive hormones that trigger them to start to become somewhat independent. Though no scientific evidence has proven this to be true, I believe something chemical inside the ringneck starts to change. These hormones alter their attitude so much, that most ringnecks cope through biting. Most are edgy and try to bite for any reason. I like to think of this bluffing stage as their toddler years.
Secondly, the most important reason is to learn how to survive independently. A ringneck must learn to adapt and survive on its own without the aid of its parents
Much like a toddler, who grabs at anything, ringnecks use their beak in this same manner. It's their way of testing objects and learning about themselves, foods, and objects.
Thirdly, it could be a genetic trait helps them to avoid inbreeding (Indian Ringnecks are not monogamous.

if you want more info go check out www.indianringneck.com

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Hey Elliott:

We have a ringneck named Popcorn, and she bites almost once a day. However, as she's become more comfortable with us, her bites have gone from making bruises on my arms and drawing blood to being testing or friendly bites that are not painful. She is a very nibbly bird, though, and from my understanding that's not unusual.

Let me know if you need to know anything else!
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