Rosebreast Cockatoo

Rosebreast Cockatoo

The Rosebreast Cockatoo, cacatua roseicapillus, also know as Galah Cockatoo is about 35 cm (14 inches) when adults and will achieve 90% of this by the time they are 4 months of age. Unique among the Cockatoo this little cockatoo has deep pink and Grey colors. The top of their head, from the forehead to the nape, is pink tingled white. The rump is whitish Grey, the lower abdomen and under tail converts are Grey, the tail being of a darker shade. The Rosie's will react to being startled by quickly rising its' little crest. When crest is closed it is not visible, but when raised it is formed by all the feathers of the forepart of the top of the head. The iris is usually dark brown in the mail (almost black in some very mature birds) and deep red or reddish brown in females. This variation in eye color will begin to occur after they reach a year of age. The bill is horn-colored and the legs are Grey. Immature birds will be duller than adults and crown and the breasts will be washed with Grey.


The ROSEBREAST are extremely common in their native habitat or Australia. Found mainly in arid regions and actually spreading rapidly into a bit cooler regions in they're native lands. Although considered a pest in Australia they are very expensive and greatly sought after in the United States.


The Rosebreast's are a bit quieter than most of it's Cockatoo cousins. Like all other Cockatoos they can also learn to get your attention by being vocal. As far as their talking ability, they seem to be a better talker than most of the Cockatoos, perhaps equal in talking ability to the Goffin.

Social Habits:

The Rosie's make very good little pets. They are quiet the little clown as well, with silly little personalities. As with most Cockatoos, they are extremely intelligent many times figuring out how to escape from their cages. They are fairly good with children although frequently go through a major chewing stage as they begin weaning. Thus chewing on little fingers (and big ones as well). As with most Cockatoos if they are spoiled they will crave constant attention and can become over demanding if you let them. They can be destructive with wood items about the home, so be sure to provide them with lots of toys, especially wood toys to chew on in their cage. Whether you have a male or female you will still have a very sweet loving bird.  I found that they are more of a ground feeder type of bird.  This means that they will spend some time on the very bottom of their cage, forging for food and such.  You will want to be careful that you keep your cage bottom very clean because of this.  You might not want to put a grate in the bottom of your cage so that they can forage and play.


They will usually reach maturity between 3 and 5 years of age.


Be sure that you have unrelated birds if you decide to breed. They can be sexed either by blood DNA sexing or surgically bay a qualified vet and also when mature by the color of their eyes. A large nest box is needed and they do love to chew wood so a ABS plastic nest box should be considered. A T-box style breeding box is a must with these birds so that if the male becomes aggressive he can't trap the female in the box. Male Rosebreast's can be extremely aggressive and have been frequently known to kill their female mates or harm them, even after being with each other for many many years. Many breeders will make sure that the males wings are clipped and the female is flighted when breeding season nears. If you are breeding these birds as pets, this may not be possible, but watch the male that he doesn't become to aggressive towards his female. A female will lay 2 eggs, although will usually raise only one baby and quite commonly will not raise her own offspring at all. It usually is a good idea to incubate and raise these babies yourself (but only if you are experienced, and this also means feeding around the clock for the first two weeks). Eggs are usually incubated for 29 days.

Cage Needs

Rosie's need a cage approximately 24"x24". But larger is always better if you have the room. A 36"x 24" would be nice if you have the space. They are definitely floor (or ground) birds, so a cage that is wider rather than tall would be a better choice. A good quality power-coated cage (not just any brand) would be excellent and will out last a spray painted cage. Suitable bar spacing would be 3/4" to 1".

Diet Information:

The best diet for any parrot such as the Rose-breast, would be pellets and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Cockatoos can be fussy eaters, and these little guys are especially prone to having fatty tissue problems. They are the one bird that you should NEVER give seed to, especially Sunflower seeds. They are quite fond of corn on the cob, pasta, and beans. They will also relish sprouted seeds (but only in small amounts because of fatty tissue problem). A good pellet diet is a must with these little joys.  Additional vitamins are not necessary except maybe spirulina. Spirulina will enhance the color and the feathering texture of your Cockatoo. and it is very healthy. There are a lot of bird packaged cooking mixes on the market today which will broadened a good vegetable and fruit diet. A must with any parrot is a water bottle system. This will provide fresh, clean water to your bird at all times, even when you aren't home for a couple of days.

They will usually reach maturity between 2 and 4 years of age.


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