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Bourke Grass Parakeets - Bourke Neophema Bourkii Bird

Bourke Grass Parakeets Bourke

Notable traits of the Bourke Grass Parakeets Bird: Bourke (Neophema Bourkii)
Latin Name: Neophema Bourkii
Common Name: Bourke Grass Parakeets
Description: Forehead and small streaks above eye blue; lores, eye area and front cheeks whitish; remainder of cheeks and throat dull pink, each feather with brownish edge; breast feathers brownish with broad pink edging; abdomen pink; head, back and wing-coverts olive-brown with pale edging; lower back and median upper tail-coverts brownish black; thighs and under tail-coverts pale blue; primaries blackish with violet-blue outer webs; underside of tail dull whitish; upperside of middle tail feathers brownish black, outer feathers dull blue on outer webs; white on underwing absent or faint; bill blackish; iris dark brown; feet dark brown.

Immatures duller and without blue frontal band; white wing stripe usually absent in male, pronounced in female; lower mandible yellowish in very young birds; adult plumage attained at 8 months.
Gender Determination: Female as male but generally duller particularly blue on forehead pink edging to breast narrower white wing stripe present
Trainability: Great starter bird good for children
Length: 19 cm (7.5 ins)
Average Lifespan: 12 years
Average Weight: 40 - 50 grams
Song: Melodious twittering background noise, around sunrise and sunset
Diet: Good Seed, Pellets, Greens, Pasta, Rice Beans
Housing: (For pet bird) Minimum cage size of 18 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches, with bar spacing from 3/8 to no more than 1/2 an inch. Perches of varying diameter and texture should be provided.
Loudness: Low, suitable for apartments
Talking Ability: Minimal and rare
Notes: As pet birds go, these birds require minimal care. They are not known to be destructive towards their toys, nor are they known to be excessive chewers. They enjoy sitting on people's shoulders, though most are not particularly fond of excessive cuddling. Bathing two or three times a week is good for the feathers. They are named for Sir Richard Bourke, who was governor of Australia's New South Wales territory during the 1800's.
Breeding Notes: Must be brought into breeding condition, left in to small a cage and they become over weight and will not breed. They like a more quite place to nest and can be mixed with finches in an aviary setting.

During breeding time feeding is of utmost importance. The normal diet should be maintained with emphasis placed on the greens, soaked seed and seeding grasses and the provision of food such as egg and biscuit which should be available at all times. It will also be found that the parents will look for more sunflower seed. The hen will start sitting at the laying of the second egg

When using a new breeding hen for the first time, never chase her from the nest box to inspect the eggs or young and never handle the young. As the hen gains experience she will also gain tolerance to being disturbed while in the nest box. Incubation

18 - 21 days.


21-28 days old.
Mutations: Rosy
Age of Maturity: 1
Breeding Life: 8 Years
Nest: 6.5 L x 6 W x 11 H inches
Breeding Aviculture: Common
Average Clutch Size: 3-6
Habitat: Interior of Southern and Central Australia.
References: SeedPelletToy
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