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Rose Breasted Cockatoos

 

The Rose Breasted Cockatoo also known as the Galah comes from Australia and is about 13 to 14 inches in length. They are around the size of a Goffin Cockatoo but have a little longer tail then that of the goffin. Rose Breasted are one of the most colorful birds of the cockatoo species. Pale grey to medium grey back, light pink cap on the head that hides the crest that comes up and down when they communicate. A beautiful deep pink rose colored chest and face with a the grey rump and legs. A featherless eye ring of bare skin surrounds the eye like with most cockatoos. Mature adult birds have dark brown to almost black irises in the males and females are more of a reddish brown to red irises. Other than that both look alike. Both sexes talk and are a very social bird with a very outgoing personality. When showing affection they often sound as if they are purring like a cat, I find they walk around and do a little dance that closely resembles that of a pigeon. They are quite active and require a roomy cage, especially if they are left in the cage for long periods of time when their owners are away from home. They are very long lived if cared for properly, with the diet and roomy quarters they require. My breeding pairs have a minimum cage size of 4ft wide X 5ft high X 8ft long and larger would probably suit them even better as they just don't get the activity they should have from a small cage.

The immature rosy is not as vibrant in color as that of the mature adults, with duller color and greyish breast, cap, crests brown irises and whitish bare eye rings that are not carunculated until adult hood.

It is very important to watch what you feed your rosy as they have a tendency to get over weight very prone to obesity more so than any other species of cockatoo and can easily have fatty liver syndrome, fatty tumors or lymphomas. They need a diet closer to what a cockatiel eats, with fresh veggies, fruit, sprouts and spray millet. Lots of sunflower or a fatty diet is not good for them...even pellets have to be watched because theses too can put too much weight on them.

Here is a rosy pictured in a watercress plant that is a safe edible plant, containing vitamins and minerals that are good for all birds...even us :) I just love this stuff!

Always make sure to wash all plants and veggies fed to your rosy and all birds for that matter. And don't get lazy and feed them whatever because they acquire a taste for the things they should not have as fast as a child adapts to candy. And all our birds get treats and the rosies too...just they dont know their treats are low fat but look the same as what the others are getting :)

 
 

Here pictured is a day one old Rose Breasted Cockatoo also called Galah. The down will be pink but is still wet against the baby cockatoo. The egg tooth is visible and you can see the tiny toe nails are very white. At this stage of life they look very much like a cockatiel baby, except are a bit larger plus the down will be pink in color. They actually grow very fast and wean sooner than other cockatoos do much like a cockatiel.

Their eggs are actually a similar size to that of most goffin cockatoo eggs and of course are white too. They also have more eggs in a clutch then other cockatoos do but are seasonal breeders...mine it was very early spring and often had two to three clutches a season.

 

 

These are about three and a half to four weeks above and full of pinfeathers...to me the always look like they are smiling :)
When breeding them you must watch what you give them to play with as small foot toys will undoubtedly be brought into the nest and can possibly be dropped by acident on the eggs. I pull these sort of toys until breeding season is over but always have toys they can play with...mostly the hanging type but not ropes that they could get tangled in. It is not known if they are doing this to decorate their nest or if in fact like their wild counter parts that will bring small pebbles and stones into the nests. It is even possible that it is an inherited trait that they do this to help keep the eggs and or babies warm longer as they leave the nest to forage for food.
 
 

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