Australian Ringneck

Australian Ringneck Eating

Australian Ringneck Eating

Australian Ringneck, Ringnecked Parrot, Twenty-Eight, Ringnecked Parakeet.  I struggled over what to call this post as the birds seem to have plenty of different names.  I went for ‘Australian Ringneck’ in the end as that’s what my book gave as a name that covers both that you can see here.

 

Twenty-Eight, Feeding

Twenty-Eight, Feeding

‘Twenty-eight, Twenty-eight’ is the call that the common local subspecies makes as he flies through the trees, hence his nickname.  I often see them but very rarely get a good picture – it really shouldn’t be that hard.  They usually seem to fly in twos or threes.  Then they land high in the trees to feed, where they are obscured by leaves and branches.  This parrot is definitely a ‘Twenty-eight’ as he has a dark green chest.

 

Australian Ringneck

Australian Ringneck

 

This one however, is probably a true ringneck because of his yellow chest.  It’s almost impossible to know though because they interbreed, so in-between markings are common.  Like the other parrots they chatter to each other constantly as they feed.

 

Ringneck

Ringneck

 

They aren’t nearly as confident as most of the other parrots and cockatoos that I’ve come across and they aren’t as ‘cheeky’.  Far more sensible, and far more focused on their feeding.  So much so that they won’t stand still for a picture.  There were 3 of them feeding by a tree but every one of the photos with more than 1 on was blurred or out of focus because they just can’t be still.  They’re really pretty though and it’s a treat when they feed on the floor and let me get close.

 

4 responses to “Australian Ringneck”

  1. Betty Ramsay says:

    Hi I just rescued a baby 28 Parrot before the cat got it. It has full feathers and just learning to fly. Could you please tell me how to feed it and what to feed it. Also do I feed it water thru a syringe. thank you

  2. Sue says:

    It’s great that you managed to help it before the cat got there. I’m really sorry but I don’t know how best to care for it. Your local vet might have a suitable feed for it – ours has a whole range. If you live in Perth area you can phone the 24 hour helpdesk for sick and orphaned animals – 9474 9055. If not, your local council rangers should have a number for animal rescue in your area or the RSPCA. If it’s got its feathers through it shouldn’t need care for too long before it can be released. Let us know how it goes.

  3. Eileen says:

    Just blog hopping and I was happy to find yours. I love seeing birds from around the world and your Parakeets are beautiful. Wonderful post.

  4. Sue says:

    Thanks for your comment Eileen, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I always find that once I start blog hopping it’s hard to stop!

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