The Barnardius genus include a single species - the Australian Ringneck - with several subspecies. As the name implies it is endemic to Australia. They are characterised by a yellow ring around the neck.

In captivity they have a tendency to becoming overweight so a low fat diet should be provided; sunflower seed should be avoided or kept to a minimum. A diet based on pellets supplemented with various fruit and vegetables is recommended.

They are not sensible to cold weather and can tolerate temperatures down to -4°C  (25°F ) for short periods without problems.


Barnardius zonarius
Australian Ringneck

Photo credit:

  • Mallee Ringneck : Murray Hubbard

Species & Subspecies

  • Barnardius zonarius (Shaw, 1805) - Australian Ringneck
    • Barnardius zonarius zonarius (Shaw, 1805) - Port Lincoln Parakeet
    • Barnardius zonarius barnardi (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) - Mallee Ringneck
    • Barnardius zonarius macgillivrayi (North, 1900) - Cloncurry Parakeet
    • Barnardius zonarius parkeri (Forshaw & Joseph, 2016)
    • Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832) - Twenty-eight Parakeet