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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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I just got a ring-necked parrot

I got it from a pet shop. The pet shop got it from a private breeder that hand-fed him. He was very tame and I could actually pet it the first time I saw it. They say it's about 4-5 months old. Both the breeder and the shop said it's a "small Alexandrine" or "little Alexandrine" but after googling my guess is it's an indian ringneck. Most of the breeders in my country have different colored "alexandrines" and they just call them big or small based on their size. But aren't alexandrines only green? My knowledge is that there are only different colored IRN (yellow, blue, white, green) just as I saw in the shops and private breeders. Is there a way I could make sure what species it is? Something to look for in my parrot, some unique distinguish? I'll post some pictures too.

I just want to know the exact species so I can do better research for diets, cage toys, behavior etc. But I'm guessing a diet for an IRN would also work for an Alexandrine, right?

Here are a few (not that good) pictures. I'll leave them as links so I don't screw up this thread with too many

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Hi and welcome to the forum, alexandrine parakeets are usually larger then their cousins the indian ringneck birds.

Most alex's have a red beak and long tail feathers, all alex's have that indian ringneck look. A male will get his dark black ring anywhere from 18 months to almost 3 years of age.

Alex's make great hand tame talking pets so keep up your social interaction with the bird daily to keep it tame and happy. You will have a great bird friend for life.

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It's actually neither species. It's an African ringneck. Alexandrine are considerably larger, have a red beak and maroon coloured wing patches on their shoulders. Indian ringnecks are about half the size and are a very bright green (unless it's a colour mutation, same as the Alexandrine) with a red upper mandible and black lower mandible. The African ringneck is a more pale green and has black bleeding from the lower mandible up into the upper, mostly around the tip, and are about the size of a cockatiel. They all require the same care but birds are individual so just tailor it to your birds' needs Asiatic parrots are fantastic eaters and will eat just about anything you give them so take advantage and get them eating plenty of fresh foods

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