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Bourke’s parrot

Neopsephotus bourkii

Bourke's parrot at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae

The Bourke’s parrot is native to Australia, where it has a vast range.

They eat a combination of seeds, grain, nuts and grasses.

Interesting facts!

  • These parrots are named after Sir Richard Bourke, the governor of New South Wales, Australia, from 1831 to 1837.
  • They are a nomadic species that is most active at dusk and dawn.
  • The colour of this bird’s feathers helps them blend in with the reddish Australasian soil.


The Bourke’s parrot is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. The main threat faced by this particular species is predation from red foxes and feral cats.