Neophema bourkii

» Also called the Rosy Bourke,
which is a variation in aviculture with more pinky-rose on their heads
» About 8" in length weighing about 50 grams
» Range is the interior of southern and eastern regions of Australia
» Common in aviculture
» Often kept as an aviary bird and as a companion

Several years ago, I had a client with several pet birds ranging from a cockatiel to a cockatoo. However, she stated emphatically that her favorite was a delightful hand-raised Rosy Bourke who spent much of his time hanging off of her blouse cooing sweet nothings at her. The Rosy Bourke is a common mutation of the Bourke's parakeet. The bird loved to have his head skritched, ate food from her fingers, and preened her hair. Since I met her Bourke's, no one can convince me that these birds are just aviary birds. I have met several since then and have learned more about them, While they are usually quiet, somewhat shy, and sweet little birds, I am told that there are exceptions but I haven't met one yet. Bourke's can be crepuscular - this means that they are more active in low light at dawn and dusk. They aren't usually very active during the day and this may be why some people say they don't have an outgoing or active personality.  They would most likely be a bird that would hang out with you later at night than some parrot-family birds that want to go to bed when the sun goes down. 




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