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Hi all,
Nice to be here...I have gotten much good advice from this site, and finally joined a few days ago. Thank you for all the help!

My flock, in order of appearance:

2 American (Australian) parakeets
Hanger - yellow and green clearwing male
Grumpus - blue and white spangle female
Unclipped, not very tame beyond eating millet from my hands and "step up" when they want help out of an unfamiliar situation (like flying into the kitchen by mistake).

2 Rosey Bourke's Parakeets
Rosey Boy - pink, black and grey male
Angel - pink, black, green and blue rainbow female
Semiclipped for managed flight, handfed, handraised, both very tame (lovely birds)

1 American/English budgie mix
Cricket - sea foam blue/green, pastel yellow face, lacewing female
Clipped, still working on taming, steps up nicely, a little cage bound

1 English Budgie
Big Fat Baby - violet and white lacewing male
Clipped, handfed, hand raised, very tame, a little grouchy, fluffs his head like a dandelion for head scratches

So. That's the crew.
Now for the Bourke's story...

When I first got Rosey Boy and I was working on taming him, he liked to sit in my lap. Once he was fully tame, he moved up to sitting on the left side of my chest - right about where the top inner corner of a shirt pocket would be. He likes to sit facing my chin with his tail pointing off to my left a little bit. I like to glance down at him sitting there, and I found out he will do a strange 'trick'.
When he is sitting in that position, if I look down at him and breathe on the top of his head, he will fully flare his tail and wings...I mean as far out as he can possibly fan his feathers. The first time he did this I was astounded.
It only works when he is sitting in that exact position, and only if it is a nose exhalation. It doesn't work if I blow on his head or exhale through my mouth. It has to be a normal exhale, right on top of his head over his beak, and then he will do it several times in a row. If I can ever catch a picture of it, I will post it.

Now, I thought it was just him. So imagine my surprise when I got Angel and was able to get her to do the exact same thing, but only in the exact same position, and exact same exhale on the same spot.

I was in a bird store where a friend of mine has a tame Bourke's keet, and I asked if I could try it on him. Once he finally settled down into the right position on my chest, I looked down at him and gently breathed on his head....and sure enough, he flared full out. My friend was delighted to see this behavior, it's stunning to see them with all their long feathers out on display!

So, Hi, and that's my story. If you have a Bourke's parakeet, I would be curious to know if anyone else has noticed this, or can get their bird to flare trying it.

Take care!
 

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Welcome to TB :wave:

That is a funny Bourke story. :laugh: Hope to see more of you around the forum.
 

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WELCOME and thanks for telling us about your BIG flock and other crew.

That is fascinating about the blowing .. someone who understand bird behaviour probably knows why they respond that way. If I ever get my boys tame I will definitely try it on them :)
 

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Welcome to Tb. There is lots of information here about budgies.. The people are very friendly and nice... Nice to meet you...
 

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:wave: G'day and welcome to TB.

I have six budgies and a Bourkes parakeet. She's only about 9 weeks of age , so I don't even really know the gender as yet. But, in the morning, guess what I'm going to be doing?!? :D

You know, you could always try and video what your Bourkes do. :)
 

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Welcome to the forums! :) I see you have quite the happy bunch of birdies, be sure to post some pics of them when you have a chance!
We also have here at Talk Budgies the "Other Birds" section, so you can talk about your Bourkes to your heart's content. :D
Besides my budgies, I also have 6 lovebirds, 5 of them of the fischer's variety and 1 blue masked.
 

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Hi, and :welcome: Welcome to Talk Budgies!

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Welcome! It sounds like you have quite the flock. I hope you will share some pictures with us in the future. I'm especially interested to see this neat trick your Bourke does. :) I agree with Lynda, you could always video it!
 
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