Bourke’s Parrot is mostly grey-brown with pale blue feathering on its rump, the sides of its tail and on its wings. The breast and belly are the palest shade of pink. It has a prominent area of white around the eyes, giving a spectacled appearance.
Bourke’s Parrot is widespread across arid and semi-arid areas of the inland, from north-western New South Wales and south-western Queensland to the mid-coast of Western Australia, and from the Devil’s Marbles in Northern Territory south to Port Augusta, South Australia.
Bourke’s Parrot feed mainly on the ground in small groups of 4-5, on grass seeds and native herbs in acacia scrubs, native cypress and other open eucalypt woodlands where water is nearby. Mainly active around dusk and dawn, they rest in shady trees through the heat of the day.
Once paired with their partner they stay together for life. At breeding time they nest in a hollow, usually vertical, of a dead tree or stump. The eggs are laid on decayed wood in the bottom of the hollow. The female incubates the eggs, leaving the nest once a day to be fed regurgitated seeds brought by the male, and both parents brood the young.
Lifespan of 10 – 15 years in the wild.