New to Wilmette Pet Center:
Indian ringnecks are considered to be some of the smartest birds, with a vocabulary that can compete with much larger parrots. They are known to be great at learning new tricks. Like many parrots, they do need frequent handling and attention to keep them tame and friendly, but with training and love they quickly become a beloved companion.
This New Zealand species of parakeet is one of the most active in aviculture, always running, never sitting still, always moving (they are often seen running up and down the sides of their cage without using their beaks). They are very curious and inquisitive, so they get used to people very quickly. They are very friendly and confident with humans, always needing to be the center of attention! They definitely need plenty of time outside of their cages for exercise and socialization.
Known as a very sweet, gentle, and good-natured species, Bourke’s Parakeets make good pets when hand fed as babies, which allows them to bond with their human caretakers. These are intelligent birds but are also mellow and quiet, especially compared to other parrot species.
Bourke’s Parakeets are an excellent introductory bird for those new to hookbills, both for their calm demeanor as well as their ability to entertain themselves.