For some reason this parrot is
stigmatized with many horrible myths. I have covered the
major myths and I hope they help shed some positive light
into this species. Below are common myths.
Indian ringnecks do not make good pets.
► This is the most popular
myth and is even believed by avian experts and breeders.
Why? This myth probably started as a result of ringneck
bluffing. After ringnecks are weaned most will go through a
biting stage. This stage, which only lasts for a while,
unfortunately detours many parrot owners. This stage is
natural and is much like a teenager getting a rush of
hormonesó they get moody. All baby parrots test their limits
and bluffing is just a part of ringneck development. It
passes and the ringneck becomes extremely friendly and tame.
Indian ringnecks love to be left alone for long periods of
► Ringnecks are very social
creatures. They spend their lives with flock members and
pair off during the breeding seasons. This rumor must have
started through the breeding behavior of ringnecks. People
assumed that because these parrots do not mate for life and
are sometimes seen alone in the wild, they prefer to be
solitary. This is not true. Ringnecks spend most of their
time with flock members and do enjoy the company of other
Male Indian Ringnecks are best at talking.
This is false. Both males and
females make excellent talkers if worked with. Females are
excellent whistlers and can talk if the owner spends the
time teaching their females to speak. Both my females
whistle and my other female rigneck talks a lot. So how did
this myth start? It probably started as a result of more
males being purchased than females. As a matter of fact,
most people find the females to be plain, as a result, are
not as "in demand" as the males. As sad as it may seem itís
the truth! I have seen females that talk up a storm (like
mine). This rumor is false.
Indian ringnecks must be removed from their mothers before
their eyes are open in order to become tame.
► This is absolutely untrue.
As a matter of fact ringnecks are probably not conscious of
their environment for the first 10 days. I have handfed
ringnecks alone and in groups. I prefer a group of babies
rather then one. Keeping a baby alone is unfair and is
miserable for it. In the wild, the mother ringneck spends
most of her time comforting and keeping the baby warm while
the father feeds the chicks. A ringneck chick that is kept
alone is lonely and will cry until it has something to
snuggle with. If you want a tame ringneck it all comes down
to socialization and constant interaction.
Female ringnecks are mean and very aggressive, so they donít
make great pets.
► This statement is not true.
Female ringnecks are much more loyal than male ringnecks.
They bond very strongly to their chosen person and show lots
of affection. Females love to be cuddled and petted. They
truly enjoy human interaction. This myth probably started as
a result of their behavior during the breeding season. Like
most parrots during this season, they too get a rush of
hormones and WILL bite if youíre not careful! But if you
think itís only ringnecks, ask a 10 year old Amazon, Macaw,
Cockatoo, or Grey owner. Theyíll tell you different!
The color of the ringneck can make the quality of the pet