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Rose-breasted Cockatoo

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Family: Cacatuidae Roseate Cockatoo"Sugar"Cacatua roseicapillaPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Well i bought my 12 week old galah for $120. it had been hand raised alongside 15 other galahs. I have only had Dags for 2 weeks but he has already become the most... (more)  Justin

   The Rose-breasted Cockatoos are not always easy to get but are well worth the effort to obtain. Like most Cockatoos this one is a real friendly bird that needs a lot of love and attention. The feathers are very soft like down which makes them fun to pet. Unlike other Cockatoos these should not be fed a diet of oily seeds, like sunflower seeds.

   To learn more about Cockatoos and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Cockatoo


Geographic Distribution
Cacatua roseicapilla
Data provided by GBIF.org
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Cacatuidae
  • Genus: Cacatua
  • Species: roseicapilla

Scientific name:Elopholus roseicapilla

Distribution:    The Rose-breasted Cockatoo is found in most parts of Australia and is considered a major pest species in many areas of that country.

Description:    Rose-breasted Cockatoos are a smaller cockatoo with rose colored feathers on the breast and the underside of the wings. They can learn to talk, as can most cockatoos and are easy to teach all kinds of tricks. Cockatoos in general are a very loving type of bird that needs a lot of attention from their owners. Buy a cockatoo only if you can spend a lot of time with it.

Care and feeding:    A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, and commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. The Rose-breasted Cockatoo should be fed a less oil in their diet (which comes from sunflower seeds and other oily seeds) than other cockatoos since they can develop fatty tumors known as lipomas.

   See About Cockatoos: Housing and About Cockatoos: Care and Feeding for more information.

Size - Weight:    Galahs are one of the more petite Cockatoos being about 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) in length.

Social Behaviors:    In the wild Cockatoos, are friendly and peaceful. They live together in flocks of 20 or more birds.

Breeding/Reproduction:    See About Cockatoos: Breeding for Cockatoo breeding information.

Sexual differences:    Hard to tell with young birds. As they get older the iris of the females' eyes will develop a lighter color while the males' eyes will remain black.

Potential Problems:    Cockatoos can be quite loud screechers. The behaviour can be reduced by giving attention and proper surroundings. Also, since they are prone to chewing, if they are not given enough attention they will chew their own feathers.

Availability: These birds are rarely available and are expensive.

Activities: Loves to climb and play. Provide lots of toys.

Lastest Animal Stories on Rose-breasted Cockatoo


Justin - 2005-12-20
Well i bought my 12 week old galah for $120. it had been hand raised alongside 15 other galahs. I have only had Dags for 2 weeks but he has already become the most lovable creature in the world. he gets a bit testy once he has eaten all of the sunflower seeds out of his parrot mix or when I'm busy typing on the computer, and he comes over and demands that my fingers give him a neck scratch. At night when i go to bed he is so quiet and goes to bed. during the day when i talk to him he responds with some sort of upbeat chirp.

  • emma - 2012-08-26
    Hi Justin, We have just had 8 painted conures in our aivery but they unfortunatly had to go because of the noise they make. It is a terrible screeching sound and our neighbour has to sleep during the day, it really isn't fair. We was interested in getting a rose-breasted/galah cockatoo but then searched up their noise level and wasn't impressed. How much do they really make is it a horrible squaking or a chirping and tweeting?
  • Anonymous - 2015-07-05
    Sunflower sedds are too fatty..not good .will eventually kill your sweet bird...please read up on a good chioce to feed your bird.
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avijit haldar - 2015-02-01
I want a Rose-breasted Cockatoo in India. Can you send me? At what price.

  • yolanda - 2015-03-19
    Hello, I am a breeder, I want to buy many birds. How to import birds to chiina? I am a newbie, if you can help me, you can sent email to : qianxuanyan102@126.com. I need partners to export from there to my country, and any requirements to send. Thanks before.
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Courtney D Singleton - 2012-01-04
I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo for myself. Please let me know if any of U out there has one. Thank U. Email or call 859-324-0479. I am in Ky.

  • Teresa - 2012-10-01
    I have one for sale if you have not already located one in your area. I am in Colorado. He is just 1 1/2 years old, talking, steps up readily. Let me know.
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    we have three babies...all under five months old...hand fed and very sweet!
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    I am in knoxville tn
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Are you still searching? We have some wonderful rose breasted cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go.
  • genia burbank - 2013-02-02
    Looking for Susi V in Knoxville, TN. I am also in Knoxville and looking for a rose breasted Cockatoo. Please contact me ASAP. THANKS- GENIA 865-660-8140
  • genia burbank - 2013-03-04
    I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo. Do prefer a male... Thank you, Genia
  • Christine Jason - 2013-11-15
    I am looking for a baby and live in Otto, NC Does the person in TN still have babies?? Or even an older one and how much are they?? Please respond to this post so I can give you my number to talk
  • Bonita - 2015-01-07
    Have you found the Rose Breasted Cockatoo you were looking for? I have a nice one that I handfed. She is in full feather and good condition. Let me know if you are interested.
  • Jon dorn - 2015-02-23
    I too am searching for a companion to my galah
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randi - 2015-01-16
I have a verry swweet loving female Rose breasted cockatoo for sale .im in California. She comes with a near new very large cage,toys.paperwork etc. You may text or call me at 559-856-0163 or enail me at RaceGirlRandi33@gmail.com

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avijit haldar - 2015-02-01
I want a Rose-breasted Cockatoo in India. Can you send me? At what price.

  • yolanda - 2015-03-19
    Hello, I am a breeder, I want to buy many birds. How to import birds to chiina? I am a newbie, if you can help me, you can sent email to : qianxuanyan102@126.com. I need partners to export from there to my country, and any requirements to send. Thanks before.
Reply
Courtney D Singleton - 2012-01-04
I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo for myself. Please let me know if any of U out there has one. Thank U. Email or call 859-324-0479. I am in Ky.

  • Teresa - 2012-10-01
    I have one for sale if you have not already located one in your area. I am in Colorado. He is just 1 1/2 years old, talking, steps up readily. Let me know.
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    we have three babies...all under five months old...hand fed and very sweet!
  • susie varrone - 2013-01-05
    I am in knoxville tn
  • Nicolson - 2013-01-30
    Are you still searching? We have some wonderful rose breasted cockatoos among other parrots available and ready to go.
  • genia burbank - 2013-02-02
    Looking for Susi V in Knoxville, TN. I am also in Knoxville and looking for a rose breasted Cockatoo. Please contact me ASAP. THANKS- GENIA 865-660-8140
  • genia burbank - 2013-03-04
    I am looking for a rose breasted cockatoo. Do prefer a male... Thank you, Genia
  • Christine Jason - 2013-11-15
    I am looking for a baby and live in Otto, NC Does the person in TN still have babies?? Or even an older one and how much are they?? Please respond to this post so I can give you my number to talk
  • Bonita - 2015-01-07
    Have you found the Rose Breasted Cockatoo you were looking for? I have a nice one that I handfed. She is in full feather and good condition. Let me know if you are interested.
  • Jon dorn - 2015-02-23
    I too am searching for a companion to my galah
Reply
randi - 2015-01-16
I have a verry swweet loving female Rose breasted cockatoo for sale .im in California. She comes with a near new very large cage,toys.paperwork etc. You may text or call me at 559-856-0163 or enail me at RaceGirlRandi33@gmail.com

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chris miller - 2013-03-23
I have a rose breasted cocatoo for sale in sevierville tn. Please call if you are interested . 865-621-9758, girl . 4 year old verry friendly

  • Kimberly - 2013-07-29
    Hi, I was wondering if you still have your rose breasted cockatoo and how much you are wanting for her? Thank you. Kimberly
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