Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Bourke's Parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii)


French: Perruche de Bourke German: Bourkesittich Spanish: Periquito rosado

Euphema Bourkii


, 1841,

Bogan River, New South Wales, Australia




W, CS & CE Australia, from coastal Western Australia to W Queensland and W New South Wales.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; mean 39 g. Brown with dark edgings on crown, nape and cheeks; slight blue tinging on forehead; area around eyes and base of bill whitish, shading pink on chin; breast... read more


Commonest vocalization a mellow chirruping “chee-wee” or “chee-rup”. Also a slightly descending... read more


Dry Acacia scrubland, especially where mulga (A. aneura) is dominant.

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, especially wind grass, and of herbs, taken on ground and in bushes. Also grass shoots, and seeds of Acacia, ... read more


Generally Aug–Dec, but variable with rainfall. Nest in hollow in tree, 1–3 m up. Eggs 3–6; incubation lasts 18 days;... read more


Nomadic, often remaining in an area for many years and then disappearing.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common and apparently increasing, probably owing to the increase in stock-watering installations, although also perhaps attributable... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Bourke's Parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).