Acquired: Bred bird myself
Posted Jan 20, 2013
the Bourkes Parakeet can make a wonderful pet if you can manage to find a hand fed baby. They stay finger tame, don't bite, and love to be included in activities around the house. I have never heard of one learning to speak, but they come in a variety of beautiful colors, from the Normal Wild type to the Rosie or opaline, Lutino, Rubino, several shades of Fallow, and there are newer varieties cropping up such as the spangle. Their temperaments are very sweet, and they rarely if ever bite, although some females have been known to nip a finger on occasion when their nests are being disturbed, they really aren't capable of much more than a slight pinch. They are extremely quiet birds, with the most common noise being a chirp that sounds kind of like a squeak. They are active in the mornings and evenings, when they like to feed, and make wonderful birds if you are concerned about noise. They fit great in an apartment.