Ringneck/Parkeet Sexing

Submitted by nadiabosch on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:14

HELP!

Our family is on the verge of war!

We inherited a beautifull Ringneck (also not sure Indian or African?) from my inlaws which they inherited from their inlaws years ago. We estimate Popeye to be 20-27 years old allready.

We have had him/her now for almost 3 years. Now somewhere along the line someone in the family claimed that this bird started laying eggs (never with us), so from then they claimed to be a female. However in my research I haven't come across another ringneck female with such a dark ring. It is not very dark, but I think dark enough to classify it as a male. (please see picture attached and my Profile Pic)

I am in the process getting DNA test kits samples to settle this for good, but I am curious what everyone thinks.

Also, Indian or African?

 

 

We can only see the small thumbprint photo - so can't see details there.

 

Females may have a pale ring around the neck, but the male has a black line on the chin and throat, or a rose-colored band. 

 

The typical lifespan of Indian Ringnecks is 15 years - so your family has obviously taken extraordinarily good care of this pet.  Kudos to you!  Of course, old hens would no longer lay eggs.

 

Species page: http://www.beautyofbirds.com/indianringneck.html

 

Sibylle

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