Bourke's Parrot: Neophema Bourkii
Distribution and Habitat
Bourke’s Parrot is found western-central Australia.
This parrot species can be found among the dense underbrush of an arid scrubland.
This is a small to medium parrot, about 9-12 inches tall. It is predominantly olive-brown in color with a pink breast and belly and blue markings on the shoulders. It has a long tail with blue markings underneath. There is also a line of blue above the eyes. This line is less evident in females who are also smaller and duller in color.
Bourke’s Parrots are now the most common parrot in certain areas on Southwest Australia. Particularly areas with well established thorn-acacias.
The Bourke’s Parrot is often called the “grass parrot” because it spends most of its time hidden and foraging in the underbrush.
Male Bourke’s parrots perform a courtship display. They approach the female with their body erect, tails and wings slightly fanned. They then proceed to bob their heads and chatter to the female.