Bourke's parakeets are a grass parrot approximately 19 cm (up to 9 inches) long and weighing around 45 grams. They were named after General Sir Richard Bourke, Governor of New South Wales from 1831 to 1837. Color mutations of the Bourke’s parakeet include the rosy pink color, cinnamon, cream, pink, lutino and rubino, which combine lutino and rosy. They can live for up to 15 years in a proper parrot environment.
The Bourke's parakeet orginates from Australia.
The Bourke's parakeet feeds on grasses and seeds in its natural habitat. These pretty birds do well on cockatiel seed, small parrot pellets, a mix of fresh dark greens, fresh vegetables, and fruits. Millet is a favorite among small pet birds and can be given daily or a few times a week. Check out the fresh food list for more ideas.
Determing the sex of each is fairly easy once mature. The adult male has a blue forehead while the adult female has little or no blue on the forehead. The Bourke's has a clutch of 3 to 6 eggs, which are incubated by the female for 18–19 days, with the chicks fledging at about 4 weeks of age.
The female also feeds and tends to the chicks by herself. While the female is incubating the eggs, and also while she is feeding the chicks in the nest. The male Bourke's parakeet feeds the female through this bonding process.
These beautiful little sweeties require a cage large enough to expand the entire wing span. When pairing any parrot pair together for breeding, you will want to provide a larger flight cage than large enough for the breeding box as well.
When choosing a cage for your pet, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. These cages provide a practical solution to birdie messes and add beauty to your home.
Bourke's parakeets are super smart and sweet! With that said, they have special requirements to maintain their happiness and quality of life that keep them sweet. These pet birds usually like to bathe on a daily basis. Fresh greens are a must for Bourke’s parakeets. Grained bread and sprouts will also encourage a natural happy environment.
As with any pet parrot, they need bright and colorful toys with a variety of textures to chew on. Pet birds love to hear positive music, their owner's voice, and even the t.v.!