Identification: Bourke’s Parakeets (Neopsephotus bourkii) are part of a family of Australian grass parakeets, the Neophemas. Bourke’s parakeets are attractive and unique, with a natural pinkish coloring. The wild Bourke’s parakeets appear in shades of pink, blue, cream and brown. Mature males of the natural color show a blue band of feathers over their ceres. Young birds under nine months of age both male and female look very similar, after this they come into full plumage colour. Wildtype (natural coloured) Bourke's parakeet display a basically brown overall colouration with pink abdomen, pinkish breast and a blue rump. The rosy Bourke’s parakeet mutation (opaline) is generally bright pink. It is common and sought-after mutation because it is so stunning. In the rosy mutation, there is no difference in coloring between the sexes, so DNA-sexing or behavior traits are relied upon to determine sex. Rubino Bourke's are a mutation of Rosy and Lutino Bourke's.
Song/Call: Click to hear the Bourke's Call
Size/Weight: 7.8" / 46 gm
Life Span: Up to 25 yrs
Sexing: Young birds under nine months of age both male and female look very similar. In the rosy mutation, there is no difference in coloring between the sexes, so DNA-sexing or behavior traits are relied upon to determine sex.
Temperament: Bourke’s Parakeets can be sweet and tame and love to fly. They do best in a flight or aviary. Bourke’s parakeets are not “action” parakeets choosing not to interact with other birds or play iwih toys. They are a great bird for kids. They tend to twittering in the dark, Bourke’s parakeets are quiet, sweet and humble.
Breeding: During the nesting season males are highly territorial, chasing away any potential intruders or threats. Individuals are considered to be monogamous, staying with a single partner.
Diet: Goldfinch Seed, Dried Egg Food, Oat Groats, stale white bread soaked in water, chopped hard boiled egg, fruits and veggies
DNA Testing Note: If a DNA test is selected by a customer to determine gender of a bird, a charge of $99.00 is charged per test, and the results may take 3-6 plus weeks for results.
* If there is not a gender option listed for this bird on our website, that particular species is 'monomorphic,' which means we’re unable to determine gender without DNA testing. If no DNA testing is ordered, we are unable to guarantee a preferred gender, but will do our best if you note your preference in the comment section of your order. See our FAQs for more info.
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