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ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET
Psittacula Krameri


With exception of Cockatiels, Rose-ringed parakeet is the most commonly kept species in the world. It inhabits both continents of Asia and Africa, but mostly in central-eastern countries of Africa: Egypt, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, as well as in India, Indochina and southeastern China.

green (normal), lutino, and blue rose ringed parakeet
 
Rose-ringed parakeet can reach up to 40-42 cm size. Basic color is green, with a bit paler green on the chests and characteristically red beak. Difference between male and female is in the color of the ring over the neck. Male has reddish black ring, which is visible when the bird gets matured, and that is in the age of two . Sex of the juvenils is allmost imposible to distinguish, becouse young birds are identical. There are many mutations made by genetical researh, so now we have: yellow (lutino), blue, white (albino), grey, olive, light blue, cinamon, and even blue with white head, white with blue head, white with blue head and green tail.
 

Rose-ringed parakeet is tho most home kept parrot from the genus Psittacula. This parakeet is full of grace, undemanding in the matter of food and easy to breed. They also mate easely in captivety, and the youngsters don't need special attention. In the wild, they nest in the deep hollows of the trees, where the female lays 3 to 5 eggs measuring 24x30mm. The incubation period lasts for 22 days. Six weeks after hatching from the eggs, youngsters leave the nest, pretty much formed and feathered and with not fully grown tail. Still, they stay with their parents for another 4 to 5 weeks, learning to eat and practicing flying skills.

pair of lutino rose-ringed parakeets
(male on the left and female on the right)

In a past few years, flocks of these beautiful medium sized parakeets, were spotted in the migration flight over England . Now, we can just hope that, maybe this species will inhabit our continent, too.

Rose-ringed parakeet is very easy for petting. He is curious, intelligent and graceful. Thanks to its intellect and enough patient and work, it can learn to imitate several hundred words. If now someone tells you that in every day talk humans use only 8 hundred words, you can imagine what kind of a parrot we are talking about.

 

Its fed on seeds of proso, sunflower, oat, bright seed, sorghum as well as corn, with addition of fruit- apple and vegetables- carrot, spinach, sweet paprika with sprig and seed, cucamber. Leaves of dundelion and parsley are special treats for them, so they should get it from time to time. Cabbage and vegetables from the same family should be avoided becouse of the possibility of diarrhea, that can couse death.

As you can see from all that is wrote on this page, and if you take my advice as from the experienced breeder, and if you really want to have a parrot, do take Rose-ringed for it will be the best choise you will make. This is atractive, friendly and gentle bird, that can live for 40 years if provided roomy cage, a bit care and good diet.

albino (up)
mmm lutino (down) rose-ringed parakeets

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blue rose-ringed parakeet
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