Indian Ringneck Color Varieties

By Amanda Williams

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Indian ringneck parrots are a species of bird native to Sri Lanka. They are a medium-sized bird with a wingspan of 12 to 14 inches. According to Avianweb, there are 30 color varieties of Indian ringnecks. Male and female Indian ringneck parrots have a specific characteristic that easily tells them apart.

Male and Female Differences

Male and female Indian rednecks of the same color are similar in appearance. However, mature males typically have a ring around their neck. The ring is a thin, black line that extends from the underside of the beak to the back of the neck. Females sometimes have a ring around their neck, although it is not as distinct as the ring on the male.

Range of Colors

Original Indian ringnecks that breed in the wild were either greenish-yellow or bluish-gray. Indian ringnecks in captivity are bred in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, bright blue, violet, cinnamon and silvery gray. Albino Indian ringnecks do not have the distinctive black ring. Yellow, albino and cinnamon colors are genetically sex-linked. Green and gray belong to dominant genes, while blue and multi-color belong to recessive genes.

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Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.

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