Rose-Breasted Galah Cockatoo Parrot
The rose-breasted galah cockatoo, usually known in its native Australia as the galah,
may be close to the perfect parrot species when it comes to suitability as a pet—at
least for an owner who likes to play a lot with a pet bird. Extremely intelligent and
enormously fond of humans, the bird readily can readily learn a wide vocabulary when
trained diligently and is able to learn other complex tricks as well. As a native to
the harsh conditions of central Australia, the rose-breasted cockatoo is also unusually
hardy and free of many of the diseases and disorders common to other parrots.
Affectionate and friendly, the rose-breasted cockatoo has a reputation for being a loving pet. It is a sensitive bird, however, and requires quite a bit of attention and interaction from its owners. Those interested in owning a rose-breasted cockatoo should make sure that they have plenty of free time to spend with their new pet. This is a flock-dwelling bird by nature, and if its adopted human flock-mates ignore it, the rose-breasted cockatoo will become forlorn or angry.
A mature rose-breasted cockatoo is typically 12 to 15 inches in length from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers. It normally weighs between 10 and 14 ounces.
The rose-breasted cockatoo can live for up to 70 years in captivity, but the average lifespan is about 40 years.