. mallee ringneck parrot
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- An Australian Parrot
(Click on photo to enlarge)
- Within the genus Barnardius (the Australian Ringnecks)
there are 4 subspecies. The common names of the sub species are:
Cloncurry Parrot, Mallee Ringneck Parrot, Port Lincoln Parrot,
Twenty Eight Parrot. All these subspecies will hybridize where
their natural range overlap in the wild (as well as in captivity).
Pure subspecies are easily differentiated and care should be taken
to ensure no captive hybridization takes place.
- Scientific Name: Barnardius
- Common Name/s:
MALLEE RINGNECK PARROT.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
- Origin / Distribution: Eastern
half of Australia (East of 138 latitude)
- Habitat In Wild: Mallee, eucalypt
and mulga treed areas.
Generally along or near a tree lined
river or a watercourse.
- Status In Wild: ?
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
- Lifespan (estimate): approx.
15 or more
- Sexing: Monomorphic
- Mutations: Yes
- Availability: Bird dealers
- Temperament: This genus generally
have an aggressive nature and should be housed one pair per aviary.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $120
- Description Of Adults:
Mallee Ringneck Parrot is a member of the genus BARNARDIUS along
with the Cloncurry Parrot, Port Lincoln and the Twenty eight Parrot.
These birds all have a green body and a yellow ring or collar around
their necks and are referred to as Australian Ringnecks.
- Length: Approx. 350 mm (or approx. 14 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo above -
top right of page. (Click on photo to enlarge)
- Weight: Approx. 120 - 140 gms (or approx. 4 - 5 ozs)
Level Of Knowledge
Required: Beginner /
Intermediate / Advanced /
Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to "Government Laws" web page.
Refer to " Housing Birds "
web page for general details on the housing of Australian Parrots or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
This genus generally have an aggressive nature and housed one pair
per aviary. They are a large bird and prefer a large aviary and like to
chew on eucalypt branches.
Minimum aviary size is about 3 metres (10 feet) in length and one metre
(3 - 3.5 feet) wide and 2100mm (7 feet) high.
Double wiring between each aviary flight is necessary.
Non-toxic leafy branches, such as eucalypts, can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up.
This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds
some beak exercise. Natural branches of various diameters, and placed at
various angles, can be used for perches. These
natural perches may be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced
regularly. The birds may chew any flowers and fruiting
bodies on the branches.
Diet / Feeding:
Refer to " Feeding Birds "
web page for general details on the feeding of Australian Parrots or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
The Mallee ringneck Parrot
requires a quality parrot seed mix along with a
variety of fruits, green leafy vegetables and vegetables. Seeding
grasses and greens can be offered. Soaked or sprouted seeds if available.
Nuts such as peanuts and almonds will be consumed.
Commercial parrot pellets may form part
of a balanced food intake.
A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and
can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds
preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by
the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.
If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their
own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and
been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.
Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has
chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.
If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight,
ensure the log / nest box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the
minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
All Australian parrots will breed in hollow logs.
- Nesting months:
August to November
- Log / Nest-box:
/ depth 600 mm (or approx. 24 inches)
- Log internal
diameter approx. 160 - 200 mm. (or approx. 6.5 - 8
- Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 160 - 180
mm square (or approx. 7 inches square)
- Diameter of
hole approx. 75 - 80 mm (or approx 3 inches)
- Inspection hole (square or round)
(or approx 4 inches)
- A removable top / lid can be a
useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
- Location and height
of log / nest-box = high in the covered part of the aviary but not
too close to the roof to be affected by heat from the roof in the
- Angle of log or nest box = 45 degrees through to almost
- Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw
dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
- Who incubates the egg/s: Hen / cock / both share.
A sturdy log is recommended.
More details on
parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of
parrot nestbox/log photos
can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos"
web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos" in
the navigation bars.
Egg Colour White. Clutch/s
per year 1 or 2. Eggs per nest 4 - 6. Incubation approx.
20 days. Fledge approx. 5 weeks. Independent approx.
another 2 - 3 weeks.
Young should be removed from the parent
birds after they have become fully independent to avoid possible
aggression from a parent bird and to allow the adult pair to start
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not
be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to
be attempted here.
Refer to "Avian Health Issues"
web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control and Quarantine
requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to
require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web
site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 58 No. 11 Nov 2004 Page 241 - 244
- A/A Vol 55 No. 3 Mar 2001 Page 52-53
- A/A Vol 49 No. 1 Jan 1995 Page 9-11 (Inc photo)
- A/A Vol 32 No. 8 Aug 1978 Page 115-116
- A/A Vol 29 No. 8 Aug 1975 Page
- A/A Vol 29 No. 7 July 1975 Page
- A/A Vol 26 No. 10
Oct 1972 Page 170-172 (Inc photo)
- A/A Vol 4 No 1 Jan 1950 Page 10-11.
- Australian Birdkeeper
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