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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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I am nine years old and I am looking for a galah or cockatoo as a pet. I live in Adelaide and I would like to know if anyone has one that they would like to give... (more)  Jai Speer

   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.

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Jai Speer - 2012-01-09
I am nine years old and I am looking for a galah or cockatoo as a pet. I live in Adelaide and I would like to know if anyone has one that they would like to give away. I have a cocky cage already. I would be a good carer for it.

Jai

  • Kathleen wolf - 2014-06-14
    I just got a cockatoo a week ago. His name is BBY he is sulfur crested cockatoo. Here is my opinion. He picked me as his owner. He just came to my favorite Amazon Jungle in Ormond Beach Fla. Bby came to them about a month ago from another owner. I lv my Bby but they need a lot of attention.if and when u get one make sure it is a Bby cause from g
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SLISS FAMILY - 2004-05-25
We have a rose breasted cockatoo for over 3 years. She is very caring and loves to be around people and other animals. She is over 3 and a half years old. We take her out whenever we can (most times) with a harness. This type of parrot is the best we have ever seen!!! She will be with us always and she is a great alarm system when any one or other animal is around the home! These bird are not biters but will peck sometimes for play!



  • diranben - 2010-05-22
    Hi
    I'm diran I have two Breasted Cockatoo birds that I am giving out for free do let me know if interested. Here is my email (diran626@yahoo.com )
    THANKS
  • Linda - 2011-05-15
    Hi my name is Linda. I read on one site that a male Gala makes a better pet. Have you ever been around a male? I met a female Gala today and she was something else. She was friendly enough and very playful, she would pinch, have you ever had to deal with this behavior? I would appreciate anything you can tell me about a Gala. Thanks, Linda
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-30
    It has been done. The rose breasted (gallah) has been bred with the corella and the umbrealla and possibly others. This is a site where there are photos of a couple of hybrids of cockatoos. I know it is far more prevalent with macaws and in many cases you wind up with extremely gorgeous birds. ARBC (a huge aviary let his macaws select their own mates and many did select mates not of their own kind. I don't know if that is in any way true of the cockatoos. From the photos, it doesn't seem that you wind up with a more beautiful bird. Why not just allow her to breed with another rose breasted? Rose breasted are excellent pets, fun to hold and play with and unique onto themselves in personality and looks. I am not against hybrids and I did breed them and found that many times, the hybrids were totally gorgeous and pleasant personalities but from these photos it just doesn't look like the same thing is true for cockatoos. I let my birds (pets) select their own LOVE and macaws didn't necessarily pick one of their own but all the cockatoos did. Anyway here is a link with photos. http://www.freewebs.com/windsongaviary/mutationsandhybrids.htm
  • frankie - 2011-05-30
    i have a rose breaseted cockatoo...and i would like to know if I can breed her with any other kind of cockatoo like umbrella cockatoo or goffin cockatoo...thanks. Can I?
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SLISS FAMILY - 2004-05-25
We have a rose breasted cockatoo for over 3 years. She is very caring and loves to be around people and other animals. She is over 3 and a half years old. We talk her out whenever we can (most times) with a harness. This type of parrot is the best we have ever seen!!! She will be with us always and she is a great alarm system when any one or other animal is around the home! These bird are not biters but will peck sometimes for play!



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MARIANA - 2014-02-23
I have had my male (had him sexed) rose breasted cockatoo since 2005. He never bit at first, but since last summer when he was boarded for three months he gets aggressive at times. He is not clipped so that he can fly around the inside of the house. The other night he went after a plastic cup that I was holding and I received a big bruise and cut on my wrist. Could he becoming ornery as he gets older? He gets tons of attention. Sleeps in the bedroom with me in his bedroom house. Can someone try to help me out?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    You didn't say how old your bird is, it could be a 'teenage' thing. As they become sexually mature, they can go through more aggressive (and childish) behaviors, usually for a year or two. However parrots are amazing, they have an incredible memory and sometimes events can also stimulate a new behavior. So it's really hard to say why she's gotten a bit belligerent at times. You may have to work on some behavior modification.

    One approach that often works is to put her in her cage whenever she goes a bit nuts, then walk away and ignore her for a bit (like 10-20 minutes). Give her no recognition at that time. Then approach her with a pleasant, loving attitude and take her out, giving her lots of praise and affection, maybe even a treat. The idea is - no love or attention if she's mean, but plenty of love and attention when she's good. You may have to repeat this for a while until she gets the idea.
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jay - 2009-12-11
wheres the best place to get a galah in adelaide australia for the cheapest price cheers

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-18
    They Rose Breasted are native to Australia and frequently (most of ther time) are considered a pest - and possibly rightfully so there. You shouldn't have any problems getting one anywhere in Australia and a very low price - well at least a fairly low price. Breeders must have them - I think they run about $300 there.
  • stacy - 2011-11-28
    They have 2 at ANIMAL ATLANTA, BELLS FERRY ROAD, WOODSTOCK, GA. I go there alot and actually play with the 2 ((: they were hatched and hand fed there so they are very sweet and playful
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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
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