Ringnecks are sexually dimorphic, which means they can be
sexed visually. These parrots reach sexual maturity around
3 years of age and females can reach sexual maturity around
2 years of age. It is important to understand that sexing
these birds before 3 years can be difficult. I have
provided information, along with photos to help you better
figure out the sex of your bird.
wish to find out if your parrot is a boy or girl before 3
years, the only alternative way is through DNA sexing. This
is very affordable and many companies will send a free kit
out to anyone who is interested. All you have to do is
collect some feathers and send the kit back. Within a few
weeks or days you will be called, e-mailed, or faxed the
results. Most parrot DNA sexing agencies will send you a
certificate to confirm the results. DNA is 99.9 percent
accurate if the samples were not accidentally contaminated.
Obviously, this parrot was given the name Rose-ringned
Parakeet and Indian Ringneck due the male's ring around the
neck. This ring can start to appear around 17 months and
can take as long as two molts to come in dark, bright, and
thick. If you wish to sex your parrot before 17 months
without DNA sexing, and before the ring has come, you can do
so by the behavior of your parrot. A male ringneck will
open his wings slightly in the shape of a heart and bow.
His eyes will pin (the pupil will get small) as he does this
little display. Try placing your ringneck in front of a
mirror and see if it displays.
male Indinan Ringneck’s stature is usually not as thick as
the female ringneck. His head is also squarer and more
vibrant around his cheeks. He tail is slightly longer
as well. This technique can work for all ringneck mutations
except lutino and albino Indian Ringnecks.
Indian Ringnecks do not get a ring; however, a slight green
ring can be seen around the female’s neck. Female ringnecks
are much stockier and have thicker feet. Their face is more
rounded and their beak is not as prominent. It takes a
trained eye to sex ringnecks visually, even so, this is
still not 100 percent accurate.