Bourke's Parrot

Neophema Bourkii

Scientific Name

Bourke's Parrot:  
Neophema Bourkii

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Bourke’s Parrot is found western-central Australia.

Natural Habitat

This parrot species can be found among the dense underbrush of an arid scrubland.

Physical Characteristics

  • 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.

Quick Facts

  1. Bourke’s Parrots are now the most common parrot in certain areas on Southwest Australia. Particularly areas with well established thorn-acacias.

  2. The Bourke’s Parrot is often called the “grass parrot” because it spends most of its time hidden and foraging in the underbrush.

  3. 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.



Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Bourke's Parrot is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Diet consists mainly of grass seeds, but includes leaves and blossoms. In human care they eat Zupreem fruit blend, leafy greens, and a variety of vegetables.