Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 17, 2013
Rosy Bourkes are more intelligent than most sources give them credit for. My bird imitates the low battery noise on our fire alarm and knows my mother's high-pitched, airy whistle from my own strong wolf-whistle. He has been known to call my mother using her whistle, and me using mine. He also plays with toys, enjoys splashing around in baths, whistling the theme to "The Addams Family", and knows his own name. Because he is intelligent, he does get bored and requires his daily dose of attention. Additionally, this means he can get feisty and try to challenge my authority when he doesn't feel like going back in his birdcage. He'll threaten to bite me, but he's never actually bitten anyone in his entire life. Rosy bourkes need a cage with plenty of width, since in the wild they run around on the ground as well as fly - they have excess energy and need space. My bird enjoys taking a couple of laps around the room each time I let him out (his wings are not clipped) and he is very attached to both myself and my mother. He considers us his "flock" and if we are all together and one of us leaves the room, he becomes upset and begins first searching, then calling for the person who has gone. He also does not like any changes in his sleeping schedule. If we do not wake up on time, he begins yelling. If we wake him up when everyone would normally be asleep, he makes little pathetic whining sounds. This is a good bird for those who cannot handle the high maintenance of parrots or cockatoos, but is less than enthused by the low intelligence of finches or doves.