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Rosy Bourke parakeet (Neopsephotus Bourkii)

We rescued our first Rosy Bourkes parakeet after they had spent months at a humane society, unable to find homes. These seven inch parakeets are natives of Australia, and their endearing personalities make them very compatible with other birds. While many species pick on smaller birds, Bourkes live harmoniously with canaries and finches. They are quite social, enjoying the company of other birds and people. Although they are not known for talking, they do have a set of melodious chirps and whistles. Rosy Bourkes love to munch on sunflower seeds, kale, and chopped apples. In the wild they like to forage through the acacia scrublands of central Australia, so they prefer dry climates. Males and females appear quite similar, but a mature male Rosy Bourke has a blue band above his cere, the skin at the base of his upper beak.

Established pairs will breed at any time of the year, with a normal clutch numbering between four and six eggs. The hen will incubate her eggs for about twenty days. The male does not stay in the same nest box during incubation, but he makes frequent visits to dote on her and feed her. She is usually quite reluctant to leave the nest. Hatchlings begin to leave the nest after four weeks, and by eight weeks they are fully independent of their parents. Young birds leaving the nest are often clumsy fliers and sometimes collide with walls on their first few flight attempts.

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