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Neophema Parakeets

Gentle Birds with Soft Voices
The Neophema parakeets are the quietest and gentlest of all parrots, so gentle, in fact, that they can be kept in a plastic mesh finch aviary without leaving a scratch! Although the Bourke's Parakeet has been recently assigned its own genus Neopsephotus, it does share many physical, behavioural and dietary characteristics with the Neophemas.

Bourke's Parakeets

Neopsephotus bourkii
19cm (7½in), 40-50g (1½-1¾oz) Australian grass parakeet. Formerly included in the neophema genus.
Friendly and docile, usually compatible with finches and quail.

Males have a brown back with yellow lacing on the wings, a pink abdomen, brown towards the throat, and a blue forehead, shoulders, and flight feathers, and a turquoise rump. Females have more brown and less blue and pink, they usually lack the blue forehead completely. Mutations can be sexed by behaviour, once mature.
Our favourite mutations are rosy opaline (pink back instead of brown), lutino (no brown or blue), and rubino (opaline-lutino combo).
We have 3 males and 5 hens.



Turquoisine Parakeets

Neophema pulchella
20cm (8in), 40-45g (1½oz) Australian grass parakeet.
Somewhat shy, but hardy and usually compatible with finches and quail. Can be kept in a colony. When hand-fed, they are very personable!

Males have a green back, yellow front, turquoise face & shoulders & flight feathers, and red wing patch. Hen have a smaller face patch, white-yellow in front of the eyes, and a green chest. Adult hens lack the red wing patch, but juvenile females may show 2-3 red feathers there.
The yellow-dilute is bright limey-yellow with a lighter shade of blue.
Red-fronted olive has a red front and darker greens and blues.
We have 1 male and 2 hens.



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