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August 21, 1999

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Ricky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Ricky
Age: Four years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Bourkes Parakeet
Home: College Park, Maryland, USA
   This is Ricky (with Lucy in the background). Ricky is a Bourkes Parakeet and we've had him about four years. His coloration is absolutely beautiful, with deep rich blues and pinks. Bourkes are very quiet birds and Ricky is no exception. He likes to chirp a lot in the mornings and evenings but his voice is very soft and melodious. Ricky is a very picky eater and mostly eats seeds but we supplement his food with rice and corn nibblets. The bourkes fly low to the ground and most of the time they enjoy walking on the floor instead of flying! I read somewhere they are also referred to as "grass" keets because in their native Australia, they are found amid the grass. Ricky and Lucy both are sweet little angels!

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