Estimated Wild Population
Bourke’s parrots have a pink chest and blue wings. Males are larger than females and have a colored band over their face. These birds typically live in groups of four to six individuals, although they sometimes gather in flocks of up to 100. Breeding pairs are monogamous, with the male guarding the nesting area and feeding the female as she incubates their eggs. Nesting occurs in unlined tree holes.
Interesting Fact 1
Bourke’s parrots are small parakeets that can reach up to nine inches in length.
Interesting Fact 2
They feed most actively at dusk and dawn, foraging on the ground for grasses and seeds.
Interesting Fact 3
Their feathers help them blend into the red-tinted soil of interior Australia.
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