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Small Parrots -Scarlets -Weiros - Bourkes

Updated on February 29, 2024
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Birds - love all sorts of birds whether they are in my aviary or flying naturally

Scarlet Parrots

Small Neophemia Parrots

NEOPHEMIA PARROTS- are all beautiful parrots. As with most parrots the male is the most vibrant in color while the female does not have the red on her chest. There are many varieties. The Turquoisine, Scarlets chested, Bourkes, Elegant, Orange-bellied, Rock, and White chested.

These small (approx. 190mm from head to tip of tail )parrots are more docile than their larger counterparts. They are friendly, although not known to talk like most other parrots.

Breeding- Normally from August - January, depending on the area where you live. They will make their nest in a hole in tree or man made nest in breeding conditions. They lay 3-5 eggs approx 17-18 mm. Incubation 18 days by the female.

Baby and Adult Bourke

Bourke or (Neohema) Parrot

Picture of Bourke Parrot
Picture of Bourke Parrot

Normal Bourke Parrot

Normal Bourke Parrot - These are a docile friendly parrot. The male has a blue band across the top of its cere above its eyes. Found mainly in central Australia.

Nesting- Hollow log or man made nest when bred in captivity. Breeding August - December. 3-6 white eggs and incubation by female is 18 days.

Female adult Bourke on right

Best talking small Parrots

You will find the best and easiest parrots to teach to talk are the Budgerigars and the Cockatiels (Weiros). I prefer the Weiros, as the Budgerigars in an aviary will kill any babies in order to take over their nest. They will do this even if you have extra nesting boxes, if they want that nest.

Cleanliness

Cleanliness is a very important part of keeping any birds. Never place perches above water containers as they will contaminate the water with their droppings.

Feed and Water Containers

Where possible keep all containers off the ground. Prevention is always better than the cure. Mice urine is definitely something to avoid in their food or water. An ample depth for water containers for small birds is 13mm(1/2") or up to 50mm (1-2") for the larger birds. Deeper ones could result in baby birds being drowned.

If you decide to have a small pool in the aviary, make sure the sides have a gradual slope, taking care to roughen the surface so they are not too slippery for the birds to stand on the edges. You can place a mesh over the top to prevent birds from drowning.

Beware of using automatic feeders; these can become blocked by husks preventing birds from getting any food. It will mislead you into thinking they have enough, when in fact they can't get any at all, causing their premature death.

A Spray from a water bottle keeps them cool

Field Guide to Australian Birds

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
I use this book all the time while travelling around Australia. We have so many little finches and parrots that it is often hard to distinguish one from another. Sometimes I can only pick them out by the melodious songs.
 

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