Looking for a new bird that you can have at home to take care of? If what you like are parakeets, perhaps you should think about taking care of a Bourke’s parakeet, a very curious bird, and very beautiful to look at.
Where does this species live?
The Bourke’s Parakeet, also known as Neophema bourkii, is a bird that resides in the central and southern regions of Australia, where it normally lives in the savannah, in areas where there are eucalyptus trees, where it seeks refuge during certain hours of the day.
A few years ago the species was on the verge of extinction due to the great reduction of natural habitats by agricultural operations. Faced with this situation, the Australian Government took a series of measures to be able to perpetuate the species. Currently, the situation of the species is in normal values.
How fantastic is this bird?
It is a specimen that everyone would like to have at home. The normal thing is that their size is around 21 – 23 cm, although it seems that the height of those who live in freedom is somewhat smaller. Also, the females are smaller, which is a sign of sexual dimorphism when trying to reproduce two pairs.
The adult male has small internal coverts of an earthy brown color on the nape, back, and shoulders. The crown and never have a dark pink reflection, and the feathers are edged with darker brown. The scapular feathers and the remiges have a greenish-yellow border, while the rump and the subcaudal feathers are a little darker than those on the back, and are dotted with a pale blue tone.
Above the beak, a frontal band can be observed, about 4 mm wide, above the beak of light blue color, which is not present in the youngest. The female is not only smaller than the male, as the cranial vault is flatter, and the blue band in the area of the beak is whitish, not so blue. On the other hand, the colors of the female are usually more muted than those of the male.
Due to the intervention of man, to perpetuate the species and achieve new specimens, it has four mutations:
- Isabel mutation: Due to a dilution of melanins, the color of her eye is plum-red, something that is much more noticeable in females.
- Fallow mutation: The dilution is 50% and his eyes are bright red.
- Yellow mutation: Melanins are 75% diluted, and pink lipochrome is affected appearing to be yellow in color.
- Pink mutation: In these cases, the chest, abdomen, neck, and back are a deep pink tone, while the cheeks and throat are light grays. In the male, it has a white line on the forehead and black eyes.
How do you take care of this bird?
In the case of wanting to have more than one specimen, the cage will have to be 2x1x2.5 meters, since it is a type of bird that loves movement and flying from one side to the other. It has to be located in a place where there are no drafts, and that they are also protected from humidity and sun throughout the day, or at least have a shelter in which to hide when it is higher.
If the Bourke parakeet is characterized by something, it is because it turns out to be a peaceful bird, which is why it does not put problems when living with birds of another species. Their diet consists of seeds, two parts of birdseed with two parts of white millet, one part of cock millet, and little peeled oats. Two or three times a week you can give it sunflower seeds. In cold weather, it is best to eat a little hempseed, but only occasionally.
Breeding is fairly straightforward, so there really is little that needs to be done to get a pair of Bourke’s parakeets to have young. Of course, it will be necessary to wait until the offspring are at least a month old to separate them from their parents and move them to another module.
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