Cage and Transport Requirements of a Ringneck Parakeet

By now, everyone should know that these birds are classified as an invasive species. However, it would seem that there are still some owners not aware of all the legal requirements. Owners also need to be aware of the Cage and Transport Requirements of a Ringneck Parakeet.


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


After all, this species has been classified as an INVASIVE species.

If, for some reason, you did not know this, please read the other articles about it (here).


As stated in these previous articles, all owners of Ringneck Parakeets must obtain a permit.

All owners of Ringneck Parakeets must comply with certain legal requirements.

This permit will not only allow you to legally keep and/or breed with them, but it is also required when trading and/or transporting these birds.


Remember, it makes no difference whether you are a breeder of Ringneck parakeets, or whether you are simply keeping one or two as pets. You still need to comply with the legal requirements!


Under no circumstances may these birds escape!

Sufficient and effective precautionary measures must therefore be in place. Every possible escape into the wild must either be eliminated, prevented or can be stopped timeously.

Even if they do manage to escape the aviary, they must still be contained in an enclosed surrounding area. That is, until recaptured, which will result in zero access into nature!

As many Rose-ringed parakeet owners will testify, these birds are quite clever! Thus, precautions must be taken to prevent their escape into nature.

Simply saying you are not a breeder, and/or only keep your Ringneck as a pet, are not sufficient reasons to avoid adhering to legal requirements!


In fact, this attitude adds to the problem and not the solution…


Remember:  Even a single Ringneck, in a single cage inside your home can escape!

Being so clever, if a singular pet bird escapes its cage, and disappears through an open door or window, it becomes part of the reason why these strict laws and legal requirements are now in place!

It is an absolute necessity that all owners know the cage requirements of a Ringneck parakeet.


So what are the cage requirements of a Ringneck Parakeet?


You are only allowed to keep Ringneck parakeets 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 25 x 50mm, 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)”


Transporting a Ringneck Parakeet


With regards to the transporting of Ringnecks, it is important to adhere to the provisions and specifications as set out in the:

  1. Animals Protection Act, 1962 (Act 71 of 1962),
  2. International Air Transport Association ((IATA).


Always check that your transport cages are escape- and tamper-proof before transporting!


The documents can be downloaded, or more information can be obtained directly from PASA’s website, or by contacting us.



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


Naturally Dominating


Because Ringneck Parakeets tend be very domineering and quite confrontational about their food, they will fight when competing with other birds for their food supplies.

They are very aggressive birds. Usually they will not stop the fight unless one or both parties are dead. Or nearly dead if the fight is somehow interrupted. Even then, I have personally witnessed them returning to resume the fight. Most likely to completely eliminate the competitor!


PASA MEMBERS – please remember the following:

More detailed information can be found in the report published in the FOCUS-October 2019 edition. This an excerpt from that issue – please visit their website):

“No specimen may be loaned, sold, donated, exchanged or transported to non-members of PASA without a permit from the issuing Authority

PASA`s current Permit expires on the 17/10/2021. DEFF are not compelled to renew the permit”


October 2021 is not that far away!

Limited time remains for us to prove our adherence to current legislation. This includes our capability to completely prevent the escape of our birds…




All the information mentioned in our articles about these parakeets is solely for the benefit of you, the Ringneck owner.

Please adhere to the legal requirements (read this article)!

Thereby ensuring all of us can continue keeping and breeding this beautiful species throughout South Africa.



Cacadu Bird Club can assist you with the inspection of your aviaries.

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