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Hello Oz~
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! It's beautiful here and I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I know in a month or so, the rain will be back and I won't see much of this beautiful sunshine!
Enjoy the day and I hope you enjoy today's parakeet blog!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Todays featured parakeet is the Bourke's Parakeet. I got the inspiration from Camellia and Bourke of the La Habra flock! They are gorgeous birds!

The Bourke's Parakeet or Bourke's Parrot are from Southwest and Central Australia. They were named after the General Sir Richard Bourke who was governor of New South Wales form 1831 to 1837.

These parakeet are another Grass Parrot since they like to forage on the ground. As with all parakeets you can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. In the wild they are mostly brown with pink bellies! The boys have a blue crown at the top of their beaks and the girls have a full gray head. These birds are unique because the are the only parakeet whose primary plumage is not green!

They have different mutations, mostly shades of pink. They are known to be quiet and unassuming birds and are not aggressive towards other birds. They have what is called zygodactyl feet which means they have 2 toes that face forward and 2 toes that face backwards.

They are very active at sunrise and sunset. This is when they do most of their foraging. They eat seeds and grasses for the most part. They are listed as CITES II which means there are not exports of the wild birds from Australia. They have done very well in breeding programs so hopefully they will thrive out there in the wild!

Thank you for your time! Please get over and leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today!
A big THANK YOU to Camellia and Bourke for letting me use their pictures.

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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