This species of grass parakeet from southwest/central Australia is known by several names: Bourke Parakeet, Bourke's Parrot, Bourke Grass Keet and (see below) Rosa Bourkes and Rosey Bourkes Parakeet. It's taxonomic
name has been changed from
Neophema bourkii to Neopsephotus (new pebbled)
bourkii, since it
was determined to be a species on its own and cannot produce hybrids with other
The adult male, above left, has a blue brow and dark bill; the female a grey/white brow and light bill. Both have grey-brown plumage with a pinky breast and blue rump.
Critically endangered in the wild, the Bourke Parakeet is common in captivity, both in its natural plumage and, more often,
in a variety of colour mutations.
The most usual of these is a pink mutation, known as the Rosa Bourke(s) or the Rosey Bourke(s).