from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a well defined ring of color around the neck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a ring of color around the neck; collared; torquate.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The much larger population of ring-necked parakeets – a familiar sight in south-west London and found as far north as the Clyde – is harder to control, since it is so well-established, though the GB non-native species secretariat a sort of biological border patrol advocates limiting its numbers and is investigating chemical sterilisation.

    Invasive species: Killer shrimps and English parrots | Editorial

  • This species is named for the faint hint of red on its belly that has got to be one of the most obscure field marks ever used to name a bird I also have same complaint about the ring-necked duck, whose neck-ring is only visible to those with x-ray vision.

    Mystery bird: red-bellied woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus

  • Then you have a species such as the ring-necked parakeet.

    Invasive non-native species: attack of the aliens

  • Like the ring-necked members of the Karen tribe when trotted out for tourists, the women must know their appearance will invite as much horror as fascination, but their sacrifice helps save others from a similar fate.

    Thanks, Joan Rivers, you're an object lesson to us all | Catherine Bennett

  • Like the Canada goose and ring-necked parakeet, it is an alien invader, albeit one of a much earlier vintage.

    Birdwatch: Pheasant

  • This species is very similar to the Damara ring-necked dove, Streptopelia capicola, but can be distinguished by its red orbital ring, which is clearly visible in the photograph above.

    Mystery bird: African mourning dove, Streptopelia decipiens

  • The five golden rings in the song refer not to jewelry, but to ring-necked pheasants.

    The Legend Of '12 Days of Christmas'

  • Even Konrad Lorenz was appalled when, hoping to breed a cross between a turtledove and a ring-necked dove, he put these two symbols of peace together in a spacious cage, only to find two days later that the female had flayed the male within an inch of his life.


  • I had a Shetland pony named Dapple, an English Setter named Freckles, a Siamese cat named D.C. and at one time,up to 25 ring-necked doves.

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  • In a more elaborate study, Swedish scientists studied wild ring-necked pheasants.

    Parasite Rex


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