Rose-ringed Parakeet

The Rose-ringed Parakeet or the Indian Ring-necks are native to Asia and Africa and can be seen in the forests, woodlands, or arid environments. It’s not uncommon to see them thrive in urban areas as well. They are mainly green in colour with a red bill and a long, tapered tail. Because of their green colour, they are very difficult to see during roosting or perching in trees. Similar to most parrots, Rose-ringed Parakeets are intelligent and make great pets. These birds are truly masters at talking and can speak with clarity that is phenomenal.

Gujarati Name

પોપટ / સૂડો

Scientific Name

Psittacula krameri

Scientific Family

Psittaculidae

Status in Gujarat

Resident

IUCN Status

Least Concern
Beak/Bill
Hooked, red in colour
Plumage
Green, Blue, Yellowish-green, Black
Food
Nuts, seeds, grain and fruit crops such as wheat, maize, coffee, dates, figs, buds and guavas.
Size
14 – 16.50 inches
Wing Span
16.50 – 19 inches
Weight
95 – 140 grams
Flight
Flapping, rapid wing beats
Life in Wild
15 – 25 years
Mating System
Monogamous

 

  • Rose-ringed Parakeet mostly have a green plumage with a bit of yellow hue and hints of blue on the tail and head.
  • Males have a black, pink and blue collar, for which the species is named.
  • Female has only a dull emerald-green collar, and lacks blue, pink and black on the head.
  • The pinkish-red beak is slightly rounded and hooked.
  • The iris is yellowish-white and the feet are greenish-grey.
  • Juvenile resembles adult female, but it shows yellower plumage, tail is shorter and the pinkish-red bill is pale-tipped.

 

Generally found in a range of woodlands through savanna grassland. They are also very commonly seen in open farmlands, parks and gardens in urban areas and human civilizations.

Pairs of Rose-ringed Parakeets may stay together for life, or they may choose a different partner next breeding season. During the courtship display, the male approaches the female while fanning his tail. The male feeds the female beak to beak; she rolls her eyes and rubs bills with the male. They usually nest in an unused tree hole and often makes use of an old woodpecker hole. In urban areas, they nest in holes of walls and buildings, or even in noisy areas, such as a busy street market. The female lays from 3 to 4 eggs and incubates them for more than three weeks. During this time she is fed and guarded by her mate.
  • They use their muscular tongue to adjust the nuts and seeds at the right position between their beak and then crack the shell open.
  • They all join in, to mob their enemy, flapping their wings, pecking and screaming until it retreats.
  • It uses its bill like a third foot when climbing. It stretches its neck out and takes a hold on a suitable branch with its bill, before following with its feet. They use a similar method when walking on a narrow perch.
  • They are very noisy, especially at communal roosts.
  • Both males and females have the ability to mimic human speech and can learn a vocabulary of up to 250 words.