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Bourke's Parakeet - Neophema bourkii

15 August 2014 Comments::DISQUS_COMMENTS

The Bourke’s Parakeet is one of the Australian parakeets with soft pestle shades. In 1966, I had a chance to see them in the Perth zoo and in the Perth University campus.

In the university campus, a group of these Bourke’s Parakeets were sitting on the telephone wires twittering late in the evening.  They were very active when other parakeets like the Twenty eight parakeets were preparing to roost.  In Europe these were imported after the First World War.  By the time I visited Netherlands in 1968, this parakeets was the third most bred parakeet after the Cockatiels and the Red rumped Parakeet . So when I come back from Netherlands, I brought back with me two pairs of Bourke’s along with some other grass parakeets and Red Rumps.

The Bourke’s Parakeets are slightly bigger than the normal Budgerigar about 9inches. The upper surface including the back is brownish –gray darker on the rump and upper tail coverts. The upper breast is rosy pink, the feathers bordered with grayish brown.  The bordering gets fainter and disappears on the lower breast and abdomen resulting in pure rose pink.  The under tail –coverts , under wing coverts , side of the rump and things pale blue. There is a bluish tinge on the shoulders and a variable amount of blue over the break in the cock bird. In some cocks there is a distinct broad blue band.

The females are generally smaller and duller without any traces of blue on the forehead. The young birds resemble the hens.

In 1974 I obtained a female of the cinnamon,  So I had had two mutations with me.. The cinnamon which is sex linked recessive and Normal Fallow. The Normal fallow is lighter in color than Normal birds with ruby red eyes and is sex linked. I have at present apart from Normal ,Rosa and Fallow Rosa Bourke’s. The Rosa is recessive while Fallow Rosa is sex linked.

They are found in the interior New South Wales, Southern, Central and Western Australia.

They are easy to cater.  They should be fed on basic finch mix and parrot  mix. ,with some chopped fruits, greens, grits , cuttle fish bone, bread and milk. The greens, fruits and bread and milk quantities should be increased when the chick are being raised.

They live very well and breed in the mix collection of similar sized birds or finches and smaller doves.  They require slightly bigger box than Budgerigars Normal clutch consists of four eggs laid on alternate days. The eggs hatch in about 18 days.  The chicks leave the nest in about four weeks.  The parents feed the chicks for another four to five weeks. They are double brooders and it is  advisable to remove the chicks of the first clutch before the eggs of the next clutch hatch. Any way an interesting parakeet with a very soft warble.


Sula abbotti



Diomedea spp.,Phoebetria spp



Falco newtoni aldabranus

Aldabra kestrel


Branta Canadensis leucopareia

Aleutian canada goose


Haliaeetus leucocephalus

American bald eagle


Vultur gryphus

Andean condor


Podilymbus gigas

Atitlan grebe


Tympanuchus cupido attwateri

Attwater’s prairie chicken


Aethia spp., alca spp., alle spp.,  brachyramphus spp., cepphus  spp., cerorhinca spp., cyclorrhynchus spp., ptychoramphus spp., synthliboramphus spp., uria spp.,



Cotinga maculata

Banded cotinga


Houbaropsis bengalensis

Bengal florican


Aburria jacutinga, pipile jacutinga

Black-fronted piping guan


Grus nigricollis

Black-necked crane


Agelaius spp.



Pyrrhura cruentata

Blue-throated conure


Ara glaucogularis

Blue-throated macaw


Tragopan blythii

Blyth’s tragopan


Dasyornis spp.



Catreus wallichii

Cheer pheasant


Lophophorus Ihuysii

Chinese monal


Fregata andrewsi

Christmas Island frigatebird


Ninox squamipilia natalis

Christmas Island owl


Vultur gryphus



Cotinga spp., xipholena spp.



Opopsitta diopthalma coxeni

Coxen’s fig parrot


Chondrohierax uncinatus wilsonii

Cuba hook-billed kite


Grus Canadensis nesiotis

Cuba sandhill crane


Amazona leucocephala

Cuban amazon


Numenius spp.



Pelecanus crispus

Dalmatian pelican


Lophura edwardsi

Edward’s pheasant


Syrmaticus ellioti

Elliot’s pheasant


Numenius borealis

Eskimo curlew


Falco pelegrinoides



Psittacus erithacus princeps

Fernando Po Grey Parrot


Cyanoramphus auriceps forbesi

Forbes parakeet


Athene blewitti

Forest spotted owl


Fregata spp.

Frigata bird


Papasula abbotti



Otus gurneyi

Giant scops owl


Anodorhynchus glaucus

Glaucous macaw


Cacatua goffini

Goffin’s cockatoo


Aratinga guarouba

Golden parakeet or Conure


Psephotus chrysopterygius

Golden-shouldered parakeet


Buceros bicornis

Great hornbill or King hornbill


Chlamydotis undulata

Great Indian bustard


Picathartes oreas

Grey-necked rockfowl


Pezoporus wallicus

Ground parrot


Tetraogallus spp., tympanuchus spp.



Aburria spp., Penelope spp., pipile spp.



Pitta guerneyi

Guerney’s pitta


Larus spp.



Falco rusticolus



Harpia harpyja

Harpy eagle


Branta sandvucensis

Hawaiian goose


Meliphaga cassidix

Helmeted honey-eater


Rhinoplax vigil

Helmeted hornbill


Geronticus eremita

Hermit ibis


Lophophorus impejanus

Himalayan Impeyan pheasant   or Monal pheasant


Lichenostomus melanops



Meliphaga spp.



Grus monacha

Hooded crane


Glaucis dohrnii

Hook-billed hermit


Aceros spp.

Hornbill Pied


Oreophasis derbianus

Horned guan


Choriotis nigriceps

Houbaro bustard


Spheniscus humboldti

Humboldt penguin


Syrmaticus hsumiae

Hume’s Bar backed pheasant


Ramphodon dohrnii



Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus

Hyacinth macaw


Ara maracana

Illigers macaw


Amazona imperialis

Imperial amazon


Aquila heliaca

Imperial eagle


Lophura imperialis

Imperial pheasant


Campephilus imperialis

Imperial woodpecker


Nipponia nippon

Japanese crested ibis


Ciconia ciconia boyciana

Japanese white stork


Rhynochetos jubatus



Strigops habroptilus



Pitta kochi

Koch’s Pitta


Falco jugger

Laggar falcon


Anas laysanensis

Laysan duck


Anodorhynchus leari

Lear’s macaw


Pterocnemia pennata, rhea pennata

Lesser rhea


Cyanopsitta spixii

Little blue or Spix’s macaw


Tricholimnas sylvestris

Lord Howe rail


Tyto soumagnei

Madagascar owl


Macrocephalon maleo



Grus japonensis

Manchurian crane


Anas oustaleti

Marianas duck


Rhynchopsitta terrisi

Maroon-fronted parrot


Colinus virginianus ridgwayi

Masked bobwhite


Falco punctatus

Mauritius kestrel


Psittacula echo

Mauritius ring-necked parakeet


Syrmaticus Mikado

Mikado pheasant


Ara militaris

Military macaw


Mycteria cinerea

Milky stork


Ducula mindorensis

Mindoro imperial pigeon


Grus canadensis pulla

Mississippi sandhill crane


Cacatua moluccensis

Moliccan cockatoo


Pithecophaga jefferyi

Monkey eating eagle


Caloenas nicobaria

Nicobar dove or Pigeon


Geopsittacus occidentalis

Night parrot


Anous spp., procelsterna spp.



Atrichornis clamosus

Noisy scrubbird


Tringa guttifer

Nordmann’s greenshank


Ninox novaeseelandiae

Norfolk Island boobook owl


Zosterops albogularis

Norfolk white-breasted silver-eye or White eye


Neophema chrysogaster

Orange-bellied parakeet


Struthio camelus



Polyplectron emphanum

Palawan peacock pheasant


Probosciger aterrimus

Palm cockatoo


Psephotus pulcherrimus

Paradise parrot


Psephotus dissimilis

Hooded Parakeet


Psittacula spp.

Parakeet ?


Pelecanus spp.



Spheniscus spp.



Falco peregrinus

Peregrine falcon


Crossoptilon spp., Lophura spp.,Syrmaticus spp.

Pheasant Eared Pheasant, Kalij, and Long tailed


Polyplectron spp.

Peacock Pheasant


Ducula spp.

Imperial Pigeon


Pionopsitta pileata

Pileated parrot


Rhodonessa caryophyllacea

Pink-headed duck


Aceros subruficollis

Plain-pouched hornbill


Amazona vittata

Puerto Rican amazon


Pharomachrus spp.



Carduelis cucullatus

Red siskin


Crax blumenbachii

Red-billed curassow


Ara rubrogenys

Red-fronted macaw


Amazona arausiaca

Red-necked amazon


Amazona pretrei

Red-spectacled amazon  


Amazona brasiliensis

Red-tailed amazon


Amazona dufresniana rhodocorytha

Red-topped or Red Headed amazon


Cacatua haematuropygia

Red-vented cockatoo


Larus relictus

Relict gull


Pharomachrus mocinno

Resplendent quetzal


Rheinartia ocellata

Rheinhart’s crested argus pheasant


Picathartes ssp.



Leucopsar rothschildi

Rothschild’s or Bali mynah


Aceros nipalensis

Rufous-necked hornbill


Grus canadensis

Sandhill crane


Ara macao

Scarlet macaw


Lophophorus sclateri

Sclater’s monal


Atrichornis spp.



Grus leucogeranus

Siberian white crane


Carduelis spp.



Numenius tenuirostris

Slender-billed curlew


Tinamus solitarius

Solitary tinamou


Amazona versicolor

St. Lucia amazon


Amazona guildingii

St.Vincent amazon


Balaeniceps rex

Stork (whale-headed)


Mycteria spp.



Ciconia spp.



Lophura swinhoii

Swinhoe’s pheasant


Rhynchopsitta pachyryncha

Thick-billed parrot


Tetraogallus tibetanus

Tibetan snowcock


Tinamus spp.



Tragopan spp.

Tragopan Pheasant


Aburria pipile pipile

Trinidad piping guan


Pipile pipile pipile

Trinidad white-headed curassow


Dryocopus javensis richardsi

Tristam’s woodpecker


Amazona tucumana

Tucuman amazon


Agriocharis ocellata



Amazona vinacea

Vinaceous amazon


Dasyornis longirostris

Western bristlebird


Dasyornis broadbenti littoralis

Western rufous bristlebrid


Tragopan melanocephalus

Western tragopan


Crossoptilon crossoptilon

White-eared pheasant


Grus vipio

White-naped crane


Haliaeetus albicilla

White-tailed eagle


Falco albicilla

White-tailed sea eagle


Penelope albipennis

White-winged guan


Cairina scutulata

White-winged wood duck


Grus americana

Whooping crane


Campephilus spp.



Ognorhynchus icterotis

Yellow-eared conure


Amazona barbadensis

Yellow-shouldered amazon


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