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Date:11/22/2014 2:24:30 AM
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Hello Jade~
I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! It's lovely here and I have been keeping an eye on the gardeners all morning. They are noisy guys and I have to let them know that they are disturbing me!

Here's is today's parakeet blog! I hope you enjoy it!

Today's featured parakeet is the Indian Ring Neck Parakeet. It is another of the Asiatic Parrots. They come from Asia, India and Pakistan. They like to live in the forest, but as with the other Asiatic Parrots, they have adapted to life in the cities. There are even wild flocks of them in Britain, the Middle East and the United States.

In the wild the Indian Ring Neck eats seed, fruits and blossoms. They have learned to forage in the cities and people are so amazed by them that they leave feeders out for them.

They are very good at being "watchbirds" and alert the flock when there is danger. VERY COOL! Perhaps I need to have a Ring Neck fibling to keep an eye out for the cat!!

Like the Moustashed Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test. The boys get the black ring around their necks at about 18 months and a pink and blue highlight at about 3 years old. The girls have a light green ring but it's very hard to see unless you are close up!

They have a really funny phase called "Bluffing" where they get very aggressive and you really can't handle them during this time. It can last for a few weeks or a whole month. It usually happens suddenly after the bird has been weaned.

Their natural colors are green with a yellow or bluish hue. Like a lot of the parakeets they have been bred to have lots of different colors.

They are know for being the most aggressive birds of the Asiatic Parrots. They are great talkers and speak more clearly than any other small parrot.

Unfortunately, Indian Ring Neck parakeets are illegal in New Jersey. Each state has their own laws concerning what they consider to be dangerous or destructive to their state. Cities can also have regulations. You can check the lists out online for your state. Also some birds may require permits in certain states. The whole "ruin the crops and drive native birds out of the habitat" has not happened so hopefully some people will get a clue and lift the regulation!

Thank you for your time and please fly by to leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today!!

Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
With love ~ Sugar
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