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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

Abbott’booby

 

Diomedea spp.,Phoebetria spp

Albatross

 

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.,

Auk

 

Cotinga maculata

Banded cotinga

 

Houbaropsis bengalensis

Bengal florican

 

Aburria jacutinga, pipile jacutinga

Black-fronted piping guan

 

Grus nigricollis

Black-necked crane

 

Agelaius spp.

Blackbird

 

Pyrrhura cruentata

Blue-throated conure

 

Ara glaucogularis

Blue-throated macaw

 

Tragopan blythii

Blyth’s tragopan

 

Dasyornis spp.

Bristlebird

 

Catreus wallichii

Cheer pheasant

 

Lophophorus Ihuysii

Chinese monal

 

Fregata andrewsi

Christmas Island frigatebird

 

Ninox squamipilia natalis

Christmas Island owl

 

Vultur gryphus

Condor

 

Cotinga spp., xipholena spp.

Cotinga

 

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.

Curlew

 

Pelecanus crispus

Dalmatian pelican

 

Lophura edwardsi

Edward’s pheasant

 

Syrmaticus ellioti

Elliot’s pheasant

 

Numenius borealis

Eskimo curlew

 

Falco pelegrinoides

Falcon

 

Psittacus erithacus princeps

Fernando Po Grey Parrot

 

Cyanoramphus auriceps forbesi

Forbes parakeet

 

Athene blewitti

Forest spotted owl

 

Fregata spp.

Frigata bird

 

Papasula abbotti

Gannet

 

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.

Grouse

 

Aburria spp., Penelope spp., pipile spp.

Guan

 

Pitta guerneyi

Guerney’s pitta

 

Larus spp.

Gull

 

Falco rusticolus

Gyrfalcon

 

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

Honey-eater

 

Meliphaga spp.

Honey-eater

 

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

Hummingbird

 

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

Kagu

 

Strigops habroptilus

Kakapo

 

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

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.

Noddy

 

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

Ostrich

 

Polyplectron emphanum

Palawan peacock pheasant

 

Probosciger aterrimus

Palm cockatoo

 

Psephotus pulcherrimus

Paradise parrot

 

Psephotus dissimilis

Hooded Parakeet

 

Psittacula spp.

Parakeet ?

 

Pelecanus spp.

Pelican

 

Spheniscus spp.

Penguin

 

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.

Quetzal

 

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.

Rockfowl

 

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.

Scrubbird

 

Grus leucogeranus

Siberian white crane

 

Carduelis spp.

Siskin

 

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.

Stork

 

Ciconia spp.

Stork

 

Lophura swinhoii

Swinhoe’s pheasant

 

Rhynchopsitta pachyryncha

Thick-billed parrot

 

Tetraogallus tibetanus

Tibetan snowcock

 

Tinamus spp.

Tinamou

 

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

Turkey

 

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.

Woodpecker

 

Ognorhynchus icterotis

Yellow-eared conure

 

Amazona barbadensis

Yellow-shouldered amazon

 

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