Hi, help with identification please!
Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:50 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:29 AM
I'm assuming older bird, so probably a turquoisine. Pretty little birds, and it's been years since I had one... although she was an older bird when I had acquired her and she didn't live for very long after taking her in, unfortunately. I only have one grass parakeet now (a bourke parakeet), who also came with the turq, and at 15-17 (?) years old, she's still kicking!
BTW Kathy, these guys are around 30-50+ grams (grass 'keets in general), native to Australia and available in the USA (although not common). I'm not sure what other countries they may be available in.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:22 PM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:18 AM
Just curious about you bourkes parakeet and your description,i am not disagreeing because we are new to parrot ownership having had our adoreable male ekkie ,schnappsie,for only four years and our pair of hahns macaws,sake and tallulah for only two years,however the bourks parakeets i have seen here in australia have solid bibs of colour on their breast,usually bright turquoise or rose pink.Are there different species of bourkes.
Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:46 AM
Here's a website on bourke mutations.
And here's websites on the Turquoise/Turquoisine Parakeets
The last website mentions that the female turq's may look quite similar to female scarlet chesteds, which is true. Scarlet chested parakeets *are* more common than turquoisines are, from what I've noticed, so this gal (assuming female by coloration's) is one of those two species. Here's scarlets in comparison.
I could be wrong, but judging by colors, this appears to be a female turquoisine. Either way, she's a Neophema, and bourkes are not Neophemas but still a very similar species, you could say. Due to a lack of hybridization (among other things) with other Neophemas, bourkes were reclassified as Neopsephotus. You can still find bourkes misclassified as Neophemas on some websites.
The Bourke is not a Neophema species but is a separate species, this is proven in practice and research.
(* The Bourke's Parrot was reclassifed recently from Neophema Bourkii for 3 reasons: Habitat, Taxonomy & difference to other Neophemas)
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