Can a Female Ringneck Parrot Talk?

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Indian ringneck parakeets have chatterbox tendencies.

    Indian ringneck parakeets have chatterbox tendencies.

    If conversational and smart birds pique your interest, get a gander of the Indian ringneck parakeet. The male varieties of this specific parrot species are often associated with talking, and females are perfectly capable of speaking themselves.

    So Can She Talk?

    The answer to the question is yes. Female Indian ringneck parakeets can indeed talk -- and quite well, at that. According to Indian ringneck parakeet expert Joyce Baum on BirdChannel.com, the female birds can be very talented talkers -- a lot like their chatty male counterparts, actually. In general, these birds begin conversation somewhere between the time frame of 8 months and a year old.

    Major Physical Difference Between the Genders

    Although both genders of Indian ringneck parakeets can speak, differences exist. The most prominent difference is that males feature neck collars that females do not have. The neck rings are black surrounded by light blue and pink framing. Because of this difference, it is usually easy to instantly tell the difference between a male Indian ringneck parakeet and a female.

    Pretty Loud Birdies

    Female Indian ringneck parakeets are just as capable of talking as the male birds, although that's not necessarily a good thing for every bird owner. If you're looking for a pet parrot that is on the quieter and more mellow side, an Indian ringneck parakeet of either sex may not be suitable for you. These friendly creatures often like to talk up a storm -- and usually whenever they feel like it, too.

    Differences in Disposition

    Female Indian ringneck parakeets are a bit more reserved than the males, the website for the Feathered Companions Aviary suggests. Because of this, they sometimes initially come across as not being able to talk, though that not fact. Meanwhile, parrots are individuals; even with the species some are notably more talkative than others. In cases, ringnecks defy convention: A male ringneck parakeet may be silent while a female can be a classic chatty Cathy.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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