The Indian Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis) is a medium-sized tropical bird in the parrot family. It is also known as the Ring-Necked Parakeet.
The Indian Rose-Ringed Parakeet has mainly green feathers with an orange-red beak. It has darker green feathers on its back and lighter green feathers on its lower belly. Males have a rose-pink or black ring around its neck. Females have no neck ring. It has grey eye-rings and grey legs.
It grows to about 40 centimetres (16 inches).
Both male and female Rose-Ringed Parrots have the ability to mimic human speech.
The Indian Rose-Ringed Parakeet is native to Africa and Asia, and has spread to pockets of populations in Europe.
It is herbivorous, feeding on fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
Indian Rose-Ringed Parakeets form pairs and select their nest site in the hollow of a tree. Both parents care for the eggs and the chicks. Females lay 4-6 eggs, which hatch after about 23-24 days. Chicks are ready to leave the nest after about seven weeks.
It can live, on average, for 25-30 years.
[Location of photographs: Paris, France]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM