Should I keep a ringneck as a pet?

Hello. I am Bill Patterson from Leesburg,FL. I am interested in adopting an Indian Ringneck, but I have had many different opinions about them. I am counting on you to set the record straight. Right now, I currently own a 27 yr old Senegal Parrot, and a 9 yr old Boston Terrier. I would of course purchase a separate cage for any new bird. Firsty and most important to me is how noisy are they? I live in a studio apt and I am wondering if their noise would carry over. However, my neighbor is diagonally on the other side of me and directly next door to the right is a mtce room and a storage room on the left side. I live on the 4th floor. Would any noise carry to the 5th floor or third floor? I have never had any complaints about Cass, my Senegal. Secondly, which is better ,as far as tamer, friendlier, and overall care, male or female? Thirdly, what food should they have? Cass is on Zupreme Pellets and Carrots, bananas, fruit and vegetable mix, and Nutriberries. Is all this suitable for an IRN? The second most important is what breeders do you recommend for adoption of an IRN?I have had a great deal of difficulty finding a legitimate breeder in Florida. I do not know which ones are scams or not. I prefer a breeder over a store. There are no breeders here in Leesburg, however there are some in Orlando area and Tampa. They are closest to me. Could you point me in the right direction for picking the legitimate and the best as far as breeding is concerned for IRNS?I thank you in advance for any help you can give to me. I look forward to hearing from you.


Hello Bill, it’s great to hear that you’re considering adopting an Indian Ringneck. I’ll do my best to address your concerns and provide some guidance.

First, let’s talk about noise levels. Indian Ringnecks can indeed be quite loud, but it’s important to remember that individual birds may vary. Given your living situation in a studio apartment, it’s possible that your neighbors may hear your Ringneck if it becomes excessively vocal. While it’s hard to say if the noise would carry to other floors, I would suggest talking to your neighbors and informing them about your plans to adopt a Ringneck so they are aware of the potential noise. Plus, having another bird is going to increase the noise level.  Remember, birds have been hardwired to be noisy, and you can expect vocalizations early morning, noon, and before sunset – that’s a given. 

As for whether a male or female Ringneck is friendlier and easier to care for, it varies from bird to bird. I have owned both – Devi (passed away) and Archimedes, both of whom were so attached to me.  Both genders can be wonderful companions, and a lot depends on their individual personalities and upbringing. It’s essential to spend time with the bird, start a positive reinforcement program from the get go, ignore biting, and incorporate the bird into your life like you would a human. 

Regarding diet, the foods you mentioned for your Senegal Parrot should be suitable for an Indian Ringneck as well. Zupreem pellets, fruits, vegetables, and Nutriberries are all healthy choices. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with an avian veterinarian to ensure that you’re providing the best diet for your new bird.

Finally, when it comes to finding a reputable breeder in Florida, I recommend doing thorough research and reaching out to local bird clubs or online forums for recommendations. Orlando and Tampa are good starting points, but make sure to visit the breeders in person, ask for references, and ask if you can inspect their facilities to ensure they are ethical and provide proper care for their birds. You can also look for reviews or testimonials from previous customers to help you make an informed decision. 

Late spring is when ringneck babies are abundantly available, we are right around the corner. 

I hope this information is helpful for you as you look to adopt an Indian ringneck. Good luck on your search, and I’m sure you’ll provide a loving home for your new feathered friend.

Best wishes,


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