Bourke parakeet

Parrots of the World makes no distinction in the Bourkeparakeet and the other Neophema s
pecies. They are therefore simply housed in the Neophema species.
Length 19 cm. The Field Guide to Australian Birds does speak of a Neopsephotus Bourkii length 19- 2
2 cm. In the new standard we assume 24 cm. Since all birds with the maximum care that are bred all become larger in size. Among the i
nhabitants they are also called grass parakeets and the grass parakeet (budgi
es). Spread: The interior of southern and central Australia 

General
:De Bourke Parakeet is a resident of the dry scrub-clad Acacialand. (central Australia). 
He's a fairly common species. 
They are usually seen in pairs or in small batches, although during a drought there are flights of about 100 birds gathered at the wa
ter. They are very quiet and very easy, when they are hunted they just flutter to a nearby tree. 
Most of the time of the day this bird stays on the ground or in the low thicket, where their body color mixes remarkably well with the environment. The
y have a strange habit of sometimes drinking before sunrise and after sunset after 9 a.m.
They still do this in our aviary. 
These parakeets are real nomads, often they stay in a place for years to move on. They fee
d on grass seeds and herbaceous plants that they amass on the ground or sprains. 
They have also been seen eating from young grass shoots that emerged after a long drought due to the rainfall. In the a
viary (captivity) they also love bird wall (green food) in moderation because of intestinal complaints. 

Nesting:
During the balts, the man bends slightly in front of the doll to erect himself immediately afterwards in his full spring, then raises his wings to show his blue flanks, we do not see this in the other Neophema species. 
The breeding season is largely determined by the rainfall, but it usually falls between August and December. 
The nest is in a cavity in a tree at 1 to 3 meters from the ground. The 3 to 6 eggs are laid on a layer of molten wood. Only the doll hatch espodes the eggs and is very stuck. 
The breeding time lasts about 18 days and the young fly out approximately after 4 weeks, after which they are still fed by the parents for about 2 to 3 weeks. 
They obtain their adult plumage after about 5 months after the juvenile moult. Bu
t after a year they are most beautiful on color and drawing.

Turquoise Parakeet

PROPERTIES: Turquoisine parakeets can be up to ±24 cm.
The difference between the two sexes is easy to see in these birds.
The males have a red shoulder bar on the wing which is missing from the dolls. Furthermore, the colors of the dolls are not as intense as in the men. The turquoisine parakeet is one of the few parakeets where the doll has a white stripe on the inside of the wings; this is already present with the young dolls so the sexing of the boy is quite simple
. The turquoisine parakeet is one of the bird species that can be housed in one aviary with other birds without difficulty. They have a soft character and tolerate a lot of other birds. A single turquoisine parakeet is also possible, but parakeets are group animals so that the preference is not to. Several flocks of turquoisine parakeets in the breeding season in one aviary or flight will cause unrest.

HOUSING: Turquoisine parakeets are particularly good kites and therefore need space. Not so much in height or width but certainly the length of the flight or aviary is important. They are not climbers, all distances are done flying. The aviary is easy to plant as they do not demolish like other crooked beaks sometimes want to do. They can also be kept indoors in a room aviary or a large cage, but as previously indicated they should be able to stretch the wings from time to ti
me. Turquoisine parakeets are hardened nowadays and can stay outside in winter. However, they must have access to a dry, draught- and frost-free indoor. It is therefore not necessary to heat the inner loft.

NUTRITION: Coarse parakeet food can be given as a basis but fortunately there are manufacturers who have included a special Neophema mix in the range. Witte Molen is one of those manufacturers. This special mixture is recommended because the Neophema is known for its digestive problems. Green food such as endive, young spinach, lettuce etc. can also be given well as fruits such as apples. At first, it was well done in view of the means used against insects. Don’t be too generous in providing green food because that undoubtedly leads to intestinal problems. Furthermore, what bunch millet is occasionally appreciated as delicacy by the birds. Grit, sepia and similar products must always be at the disposal of the birds, just like fresh water.

ACTIVITIES: Turquoisine parakeets are as previously indicated very quiet birds. They’re not really active during the day. Often they sit a little dorking on a stick. In the morning and in the evening, however, they are active. They then fly a lot through the aviary or scurry ing over the ground in search of beak costs. Turquoisine parakeets don’t make noise, the sound they produce is a gentle kind of whistling. The splendidparakeet is (fortunately) not a wrecker either. The aviary can therefore be made of wood and does not require extra protection against the beaks. Plants also leave them alone, exceptions left there.

BREEDING: Houses a pair of turquoisine parakeets separately in an aviary or flight for the best breeding results. The breeding block must have a soil surface of 20 by 20 cm, the height can range from 30 to 35 cm. The fly-in hole must have a diameter of 6.5 cm. These blocks are good to make themselves but are also ready to go on the market. Turquoisine parakeets do not make a nest (as most parakeets do not), but lay the eggs on the bottom or on a slightly moist surface. This can be made from sawdust or peat molm, for example, but also the beech chips can be used dryly. About 3 to 6 eggs are laid (every day 1) which are hatched by the doll in 18 to 20 days. The man carries the doll during the time she incubates the eggs. When the boy is about 4 to 5 weeks old, they fly out. They can’t eat on their own and are fed by the man for another two weeks. The doll often starts on a second nest. After the second litter, you can remove the breeding blocks better in view of the condition of the parents. It’s better not to separate a good breeding couple. They often form a couple for life.

MUTATIONS: There are several mutations known from this magnificent bird. Besides the wild color there are the red belly/robin, Orange belly/chest, Yellow, Opaline, Rubino, Lutino, Grey and cinnamon, also there are the intermediate shapes.