I have a male handraised Indian Ringneck parakeet.
Ringnecks are completely different compared to budgies. They need a lot more attention and training.
They are much smarter and need to be constantly kept entertained. You will need to buy a lot of toys and treats.
While a budgie cannot do much with its beak , a Ringneck can cause serious damage to your hands or your house if it decides to.
My ringneck Bubbles will chew on anything and everything in the house. I have had to babyproof everything including wires, cables . Since he can fly , I have had to Bubble-proof items hung on walls ; things like chandeliers , lights etc.
I have had to install doors for my bookshelves since he loves tearing paper. We cannot leave a single important piece of paper outside. I have changed 5 covers for my cell phone. I have had to replace WHOLE sets of keys on both my laptops MULTIPLE times.
All it takes is one moment . You only have to look away for a minute and your ringneck will most probably be in some sort of trouble haha.
Leaving your Ringneck unsupervised is an absolute resounding NO unless you dedicate a whole room for it/them .
Ringnecks go through a phase called 'bluffing' . This happens when they are around 6-8 months old. It can be compared to a child reaching puberty. The bird receives a flood of hormones causing it to act out. A sweet cuddly baby will suddenly seem like a wild bird overnight biting , screaming and sulking. Its quite hard to deal with this phase. It is very important as to how you handle the bird during bluffing since its interaction with us during this period determines how it behaves the rest of its life. Any negative reaction from us could lead to a badly behaved bird in the future.
A Ringneck can get LOUD so must take that into consideration as well.
Id also like to add that most Ringnecks are usually 'hands-off' birds. This is where they are similar to budgies. A few tolerate some petting but the majority prefer hanging out on your shoulder or fly around looking for any mischief to get into.
I have only mentioned the cons. To see the positive side of Ringecks , all you have to do is to go on youtube
. Your Ringnecks can be as cute as the guys online. You can teach them tricks and plenty of words.
Regarding cage size , you can go with the recommended size for cockatiels/conures/other similar sized birds. Just make sure the bars are sturdy and all doors have locks. Your ringneck will figure out how to open cage doors or bite through the bars within a few days if the cage isn't up to the mark.