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Cockatoo - Rose-breasted parrot

About Rose-breasted cockatoo or the Galah Cockatoo (Eolophus roseicapillus)

Cockatoo parrot phisical description:

Length - approx. 14 inches
Weight - 300 grams on average
Origin and range - All over Australia

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 iris.

All cockatoo parrots have a crest that curve-sweeps to the rear.

cockatoo parrotWhen 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 individuals.

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.

A rose-breasted 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 beak.

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 pet.

They are not extremely noisy, although they do enjoy their flap and squawk sessions mornings and evenings.

The most pervasive trait of this type of too is that they lead with their beak at all times.

cockatoo parrotsWhile 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.

Owners report that the birds have to touch and taste and feel everything with their little sharp beaks.

They will 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!

Rose-breasted 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.

Rose-breasted 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.

Another major 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.

Because the 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.

Surprisingly, it 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 not.

Anyone looking 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.

 
 

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