Regarding behavior, no, they are not. They do not play with toys. They do not climb cage bars vertically the way parakeets tend to do. They don't talk, although some have developed some speech abilities. They don't preen one another or become tightly bonded with one another. They do not bite, although they might if biting is their last resort for defense. Bourke's, like budgies, enjoy taking a bath once in awhile, or enjoy getting a misting as a shower. They are named after Sir Richard Bourke of Australia, thus the apostrophe in their name, Bourke's parakeet, and sometimes they are called the Bourke's parrot. They are an Australian grass parakeet, and travel in flocks.