Ringneck Parakeet Cage Requirements

In this rather short article you will find the Ringneck Parakeet Cage Requirements as stipulated by Department of Environmental Affairs.


Do they have access to the outside if they escape their cage?!

Can they escape their cage?!

Psittaculi Kramerii aka Rose-Ringed Parakeet aka Ringneck Parakeet/Parrot


Everyone (should) know by now that Ringneck Parakeets are classified as an INVASIVE SPECIES. If not, please read the other articles about it (here).

As stated in all the previous articles, all owners of Ringneck Parakeets must obtain a permit, and must comply with certain legal requirements.

Remember: There are two important facts about the legislation, regarding the Ringneck-parakeets, you have to take into consideration here:

  • These birds may not escape – under no circumstances. Sufficient precaution must therefor be taken so that every possible attempt at escape can be stopped.
  • Clever they are! That’s the second important fact to note about these birds. If they still manage to find an escape route, they should still be contained in an area without any access to the outside.

Because Ringneck Parakeets tend be very domineering and quite aggressive about food supplies, they wíll fight to death. They are very aggressive and will fight until one or both parties are dead (or nearly dead)!


Our indigenous bird species are at risk when these parakeets are allowed to live and breed in the wild!


You may contact us, or download the necessary documents from the website of PASA (Parrot Association of South Africa), or browsing through the Department of Environmental Affairs‘ website.


So what are the cage requirements?


Ringneck-parakeets may only be kept in an aviary or cage(s) that meet the following criteria:

      1. There must be double doors to the exterior;
      2. The cage must either be securely fastened to a concrete base, or pegged to the ground with netting. The upright posts must be buried a minimum of 30 cm into the ground;
      3. Netting must be laid under breakable sheet coverings (for example PVC or fiberglass, or any other acceptable sheet covering) that will not harm the birds;
      4. Ensure that the correct load bearing structural material is used within the framework of the aviary;
      5. The proper wiring must be used: a maximum wire spacing of 25x50mm, with a minimum of 1.5mm thickness;
      6. To ensure that the birds cannot escape, the aviary must be in an overall good condition.


Please read the full document(s) issued by PASA and the Department of Environmental Affairs.


“Chapter 7 of the National Biodiversity Act, 2004 (act 10 of 2004, as amended), to be read together with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations, 2014 (Bio-diversity act 2014, as amended)”






Everything mentioned in our articles about these parakeets is for your, the Ringneck owner’s benefit. To ensure we, all of us, can continue keeping and breeding this beautiful species throughout South Africa – please adhere to the legal requirements (read this article).



Do you need assistance with the inspection of your aviaries? Cacadu Bird Club can assist you.

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