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About the Bourke's Parrot

Also known as: Bourke's Parakeet, Bourkie, Bourke Parakeet, Bourke Grass Keet, Rosey Borke, Rosy Bourke

The Bourke's Parrot is a small parrot native to Australia. It is the only species in its genus - Neopsephotus. They are sometimes placed in the genus Neophema; today there is ongoing discussion among experts regarding the proper taxonomic placement of the Bourke's Parrot. It is a grass parrot - indeed one of its alternate names is "Bourke Grass Keet." The name comes from General Sir Richard Bourke, Governor of New South Wales during the 1830's. They have buffy brown bodies with rosy-pink breasts and blue rumps.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 March 2010
Scientific Name Neopsephotus bourkii
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Neopsephotus
  • N. bourkii
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.5 inches
1.6 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 伯氏鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • Neoféma Bourkova (Czech)
  • Bourkes Parakit (Danish)
  • Bourke-parkiet (Dutch)
  • Paimenruohokaija (Finnish)
  • Perruche de Bourke (French)
  • Bourkesittich (German)
  • Parrocchetto di Bourke (Italian)
  • アキクサインコ (Akikusainko) (Japanese)
  • Bourkesparakitt (Norwegian)
  • Lakówka Liliowa (Polish)
  • Розовобрюхий травяной попугайчик (Russian)
  • Periquito Rosado (Spanish)
  • Bourkes parakit (Swedish)

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