Posted Feb 15, 2017
Millie, my rosey bourke, came into my life in August '16 as a milestone birthday gift to myself. She was clipped when I got her as a rehome, and it took about 6 months for most of her flight feathers to grow back. Except for some whistling and chirping, she is very quiet, laid back and is ideal as an apartment pet. She is quite neat, doesn't smell and barely dirties her cage even after several days. Easy to feed, she is on a diet of pellets, budgie mix and some greens.
I let her fly free in my office for several hours every day, and her wings make a lovely whistling sound, like a dove's. She will mimic sounds from my bird clock, as well as trying to do her best imitations of my green singing finches. She dislikes being touched, but she loves to hang out on my shoulder or on my head, and preen my hair and ear. Although bourkes can't bite like a budgie, they will growl if they are upset or angry, and may give you a bit of a pressure-pinch bite, which does not hurt at all. Bourkes are also non-dusty, unlike a cockatiel, and are better for people with allergies and asthma.
I highly recommend a bourke's parrot as a first or starter hookbill. I believe they are vastly underrated, and wish they were more common as they can be incredibly hard to find. Price-wise, the average cost is about $100-175 for a hand-raised/hand-fed bird, which is much more expensive than a budgie, but still quite reasonable for a small parrot.