New Indian Ringneck is Hiding

green-female-ringneckhi there we’ve just picked our new ringneck up yesterday , we’ve not had any birds before . when we put him in the cage he seemed restless so we let him out . now he’s sat behind the sofa and won’t come out . do we leave him and let him do as he wishes ?

Dear Marcus,

It is so exciting getting a new pet, huh? In fact, I remember when I was little and I got my first parakeet! I wanted nothing more than to hold him right away. I mean, how could I resist anyway, let alone being a curious child that was fascinated with birds? From the get go, I wanted to make sure my parakeet knew we were friends immediately.  Looking back now I would have waited. That being said, I know your first instinct was to let your bird out, but to be honest I’d give him some time to settle down first.


Right now from the bird’s perspective you resemble a carnivore–two eyes facing forward and large white teeth. Because of this instinct, the bird must become familiar with you and must know that you do not intend to eat it. This is done by spending time in the same room with the bird, extra treats, love, and patience.

Keep him in his cage for a few weeks and just offer treats through the bars. Over time, the bird will come to associate you as a rewarding experience and this will help to kick start the taming process.

You should know that “taming” in my book is simply the act of conditioning the bird to accept humans and nothing more. You might want to look into the subject of positive reinforcement to start the process. It’s a wonderful technique used for most animals and thankfully it is becoming quite popular in the parrot community.

Once the bird becomes more accustomed to handling, and seems much more tame, then it would be safe to let the bird out to explore. Taming the bird really helps to desensitize the bird and helps eliminate sudden outbursts of panic.

So why do I recommend keeping the bird caged for now? Many accidents could happen due to the fact the bird is fearful. In such a state, your bird is only reacting from a survival point of view, hence why it’s hiding behind the sofa. Thankfully your bird seems more shy than fearful; nevertheless, it is best to build the confidence at your parrot’s own pace. Besides, if the bird should suddenly get startled it could get into trouble or injure itself.

Anyway, congratulations on your new family member. These parrots make amazing pets if worked with. I have four pet ringnecks and I would not trade them for the world! Please join our forum as you are new to Indian Ringneck keeping. I promise we have the best Indian Ringneck family around. :O)

Best Wishes,