Bourkes Parakeets Articles

Housing Bourkes Parakeets with other Birds

Bourkes parakeets are fairly timid, calm and unassuming. They aren’t nervous or excitable like some parrots. They are not known to be aggressive with other species of birds – even birds smaller than themselves. However, their gentle nature can make them an easy mark for aggressive birds. They can be housed in an aviary with other peaceful, passive birds such as cockatiels, finches, doves,... 

What sort of toys should I provide for my Bourkes Parakeet?

Bourkes parakeets don’t play with toys in the same ways that budgies and cockatiels do. While budgies and teils prefer jingle balls and lots of chew toys, foraging toys and mirrors, the Bourkes parakeet prefers preening toys, paper-shredding toys, straw toys they can pull apart, swings, and bells. Take care to cut any too long of strings and make sure there is nothing your bird can get caught... 

Grooming the Bourkes Parakeet

The Bourkes parakeet enjoys a daily bath. Provide a bath of cool, clean water in a large, shallow dish or bowl. They don’t need to have their nails or beaks trimmed.  Read More →

What is the lifespan of a Bourkes Parakeet?

The lifespan of the Bourkes parakeet is 8-15 years. The average lifespan of the Bourkes parakeet is 10 years. They are very hardy birds as long as they’re not exposed to ongoing damp conditions. “They are certainly not ‘beginner’s birds’ and will usually not thrive if they are not provided with a spacious aviary where a small flock can be kept in company of a few other... 

How can I tell if my Bourkes Parakeet is a girl or a boy?

The Bourkes Parakeet can be visually sexed. The female Bourkes Parakeet is smaller than the male and has a white brow above the nares, a white wing stripe, and are generally duller in color than the males. The males are larger and have a blue band of feathers above the nares, blue along the bend of their wing, paler blue on the flanks, side of their rump, and under thair tail. Females may have blue... 

Where do Bourkes Parakeets come from?

Bourkes Parakeets are native to Southwestern and Central Australia. They are endangered there due to overstocking and rabbit plagues, both of which remove understorey plants. Their populations have increased due to conservation effors and scaled down cattle-graving, which allows vegetation to regenerate. The Bourkes parakeet was named after Sir Richard Bourke – governor of New South Wales from... 

Introduction to the Bourkes Parrot

The Bourkes Parrot is the only species in its genus Neopsephotus. This species is sometimes placed in the genus Neophema and there is an ongoing discussion about the proper taxonomic placement of this species. Due to their inability to breed with other Neophema, Bourkes parakeet has been set in a separate genus, Neopsephotus. Scientific classification of the Bourkes Parrot from Wikipedia. Kingdom:... 

What does a Bourkes Parakeet look like?

The Bourkes parakeet small – seven and one half inches (including the tail). The miminum size is 19 cm. The max size is 23 cm. The average size is 21 cm. A Bourkes Parakeet weights between 42-49 grams. The average weight is 45 grams. The Bourkes Parakeet is mainly grey, pink, and blue. They range from grey to sunset pink. They are brown with a pink abdomen and breast, and a blue rump. Their legs... 

Bourkes Parakeet Color Mutations

Rosy Bourke / Rosie Bourke / Rosa Bourke / Opaline Bourke Rosie’s are relatively inexpensive and readily available. They range from pale pink to the more desirable dark pink. The females and males are virtually identical in appearance. The hens have darker faces and more grey scattered throughout their body. Yellow Bourke / Cream Bourke The Yellow or Cream Bourke Parakeet has a pale pink chest... 

Bourkes Parakeet Bird Safety 101

Make sure no other pets have access to the bird or bird cage: especially cats, dogs, ferrets. These are predators. Birds are prey animals. Make sure all doors and windows are closed. Windows and mirrors should be covered to prevent birds from flying into them. Toxic substances should not be available for curious birds to chew or injest: alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, avocado, etc. Teflon (found in non-stick... 


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