Cockatoo - Rose-breasted parrot
About Rose-breasted cockatoo or the Galah Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapillus)
Cockatoo parrot phisical
Length - approx. 14
Weight - 300 grams on average
Origin and range - All over
Different subspecies of cockatoo
exist in various areas of Australia, with slightly different color variations, eye ring color,
body size and plumage and crest type.
Sexually dimorphic by eye color
when mature: cockatoo males with dark rusty brown iris and the hens have a reddish orange
All cockatoo parrots have
a crest that curve-sweeps to the
When raised, the crest has a higher
portion at the front and this drops away to shorter feathers in the rear. Basically, the back and wings and
tail are gray, varying from a deep charcoal to a very light fog gray.
Their rump is
lighter gray to pearl. The face is pink from beneath the eyes, blending into the pink of the chest from the base
of the beak to the underbelly, which varies in intensity by individual.
The top of the
head and crest is a very light pink. Crest feathers show pink and white in
each feather. Under the wings are pink and the pink sometimes shows on the top of the shoulder. The eye ring is
red and can vary in color intensity and size between sexes and
The rather small
beak is whitish/pearl and the feet are gray. For their body size, they have rather long, but not tapered, tails and
a wide wing span. This particular type of cockatoo enjoys flying.
cockatoo feels extremely soft to the touch. This is because there seems to be
down at the base of each of its feathers. A happy rose-breasted cockatoo will fluff the feathers around its
This small, extremely gregarious cockatoo lives in flocks
all over Australia.
It is generally considered a
pest in its homeland because of its appetite for vegetation, whether it's
cultivated crops or weed seeds.
A fun-loving cockatoo with an
independent streak, the Rosebreasted Cockatoo makes an excellent
They are not extremely noisy,
although they do enjoy their flap and squawk sessions mornings and
The most pervasive trait of this
type of too is that they lead with their beak at all
While not intending to bite, the galah cockatoo will nip or
nibble everyone and everything it can come in contact with.
As primarily a
ground feeder, the beak of the rose-breasted cockatoo is its sensory organ.
that the birds have to touch and taste and feel everything with their little sharp
indicate with that ivory beak that they need more patting, skritching or kissing. They may want to remove every
mole and freckle on your body!
cockatoos can be feisty and full of themselves, unafraid of anyone, but still
want their primary person nearby. Some galah cockatoos speak words, with a voice described as like a cartoon
character. They enjoy dancing and swinging from ropes or their owner's hand. If allowed, an rose-breasted cockatoo
would spend a great deal of time on the floor.
cockatoos freely make friends with other (friendly) birds and other household
pets and children. Of course, such camaraderie should be supervised at all
times. If there is some kind of mischief a bird can get into, an rose-breasted cockatoo will find it. Household
plants are in danger of demolition from the beak of a rose-breasted.
Housing for a
rose-breasted should ideally be longer rather than high, and any grate on the
floor of the cage should have a very small grid. The cage should be as large as possible, with enough room for the
bird to flap its wings comfortably from any position. Some rose-breasted cockatoos enjoy a snuggle hut to sleep in.
A variety of perches, swings, and toys should be provided.
difference between the rose breasted cockatoo and other birds is their need
for a low fat diet. Check the ingredient breakdown of whatever pelleted food
you buy to be sure it is no more than 4% fat. Supplement that with fresh foods, greens, fruits, vegetables, bean
mixes, pasta, birdie bread, and so on. Chicken, lamb and steak bones are also occasionally welcomed. Give the
widest variety of food you can to keep your bird's interest piqued.
rose-breasted cockatoos beak needs exercise, toys should include soft wooden things that can be easily destroyed.
They appreciate having greens and stalk vegetables, as well as other fresh foods on a skewer. That particular
device keeps the food from being tossed from the dish and is an indispensable tool with this type of bird.
Rose-breasted cockatoos are also fond of interactive toys like the birdie jukebox.
They are not love
sponges like the rest of the cockatoos, but love to give kisses and no bird loves a head scratch as much as a
rosie. They are very active and have short attention spans. They always seem to have someplace to go and something
to do! They can let themselves out of a cage if the latch isn't reinforced.
is reported that a rose-breasted cockatoo is the most likely of the cockatoos
to become phobic. It is believed that is because some owners treat them as Velcro birds, which they are
for a rose-breasted cockatoo as a pet should seek a reputable breeder who raises the babies with abundant weaning
concept, with love and socialization. Early upbringing is critical. But cautious, do not impulsive, with your
purchase of a rose-breasted.
Take note of
special dietary requirements, its ground-feeding nature, and read everything you can to prepare for it before you
get one home. The current price for an rose-breasted cockatoo seems to be around $1,600. With all the peripheral
costs (toys, cage, vet, food, supplements, and so on), a few hundred one way or the other shouldn't be a critical
factor in where you buy. Just be sure the background is right.