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The Indian Ringneck is sometimes confused with other Ringneck species. The Indian Ringneck is larger than the African Ringneck and has a larger tail. The Indian Ringneck usually measures 16 inches in length, whereas the African Ringneck averages a mere 14 inches. The African Ringneck also has a longer tail than the Indian Ringneck. The Neumann's Ringneck is a little larger than the Indian and is reported to be slightly more aggressive. In general the Indian Ringneck has darker plumage than the nominate form (the African Ringneck), and its ring-neck is also darker and more prominent. Mature male and female Indian Ringnecks can be distinguished visually. Males have a largely dark green plumage with yellow-green feathers appearing under the wing covets. They have wide black bands on their cheeks and black chins. True to their names, they have a rose pink ring on the back of their necks. The females do not have the black markings on their cheeks or chin and are lacking the pink ring. Immatures can be easily distinguished by their grey eyes, and otherwise they largely resemble the females. In addition to the normal wild type there are an enormous number of color mutations among Indian Ringnecks, including lutino, blue, and turquoise. The beautiful color patterns may contribute to their popularity as pets. They may be as many as 50 to 100 different mutations!


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