Rose-ringed Parakeet

Psittacula krameri




Lories, Lovebirds, and Australasian Parrots (Psittaculidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

2 - 6

Incubation Days:

22 - 24

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

Tree cavities and rock crevices.

Nest Material:

Twigs and grasses.





Rose-ringed Parakeet: Large pale yellowish green parakeet with a pale red ring around neck, black moustache stripe, black just above beak, pale blue nape and red eye ring. The upper mandible is dark red tipped with black; lower is black. Tail is very long, slender and green with blue central feathers; flight feathers duskier green above, gray below. Female lacks blue, pink and black markings on head, but may have an emerald collar; tail is shorter and all green. Juvenile is similar to female but has paler bill and gray eyes.

Range and Habitat

Rose-ringed Parakeet: Most widespread parrot in the Old World, found across Africa, India, and southern Asia. Populations of escaped birds are established in Florida, southern California, and parts of the Caribbean. Found in nearly all types of lowland habitat from forests to farms, marshes and grasslands.

Breeding and Nesting

Rose-ringed Parakeet: Lays two to six white eggs in a tree cavity or crevice; up to six pairs have been recorded nesting in the same tree. Female incubates eggs for 22 to 24 days while fed by the male; young fledge when about 2 months old.

Foraging and Feeding

Rose-ringed Parakeet: They travel in small flocks to find food. They eat fruit, blossoms, nectar, nuts, buds, vegetables, berries and seeds. They are very social, roosting, feeding and interacting together. They are very noisy in flocks, with much screeching, whistling and squawking. Wild flocks will fly several miles to forage in farmlands and orchards, causing extensive damage.


Rose-ringed Parakeet: Loud screeching "kee-ah" given in series of 3 to 6 followed by a pause; continuous screeching when in groups. Also makes wide variety of whistles and shrieks.

Similar Species

Rose-ringed Parakeet: None in range.

Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X