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Rose Breasted Cockatoos | Umbrella Cockatoos | Cockatiels
ROSE BREASTED COCKATOOS
Other Names: Galah, Roseate Cockatoo, Red Breasted Cockatoo
Description: Face, neck, under wings and most of chest and belly a bright rose pink.
Crest a light to medium-light pink. Wings, back and tail grey. Bill greyish-white.
Legs grey with a tinge of pink in some. Adult females have red-brown iris. Males dark brown.
Size: Approx. 14 in. Average 20 in. wingspan
Origin: Most of Australia except the Western Deserts Region. They have spread into just about every locality. This is probably do to the spread on agriculture and the clearing of land. It can be found in a variety of habitats from open country to woodland. The world population in considered to be around 5,000,000. It can no longer be exported out of Australia. Although it is considered a pest by most and is routinely culled.
Pet Qualities: These are probably my favorite parrots!
My grandmother was born in Australia and I grew up hearing all about the "Galahs" or "Cockies".
That's probably why I like all the Cockatoos so much. They are similar to a Goffin in personality, although I do find that they are not quite as active.
Most that I have had or seen are quite friendly to almost anyone. They do have preferences but will go to just about everybody. They are not as cuddly as the Umbrella's as a general rule (all rules are meant to be broken!)
I have seen more of these guys that talk than any of the other cockatoos, although they still aren't very good at it. My own pet Rosie knows about 20 or so phrases. I find that my own are not nearly as loud as the Umbrella's or the Goffin's as they have a different kind of noise they make.
They are a truly striking bird. I can take all kinds of birds with me anywhere and get a few looks and questions, but take a Rosie and everyone will stop to see!
Other Names: White Cockatoo, Great White Cockatoo, White-crested Cockatoo
Description: Entirely white with a wash of yellow under the wings and tail. They have a large backward curving crest with broad feathers that can hardly be seen when not raised. Bill black. Bluish-white eye ring. Feet grey. Adult females have a red-brown iris. Males dark brown.
Size: Approx. 18 in. head to tail. Average 22 in wingspan.
Origin: North Moluccas, Indonesia. Listed on CITES Appendix II. Found in lowland and hill forest up to about 4 miles high. Spend most of their time in the canopy, in pairs or small parties. They seem able to tolerate degraded forest although loss of large trees for nesting is a problem
Pet qualities: These "Toos" are the snuggle bugs of the parrots in my opinion.
They are jokingly referred to as "Velcro" birds as they will do anything to get attention at times. This can create a problem if the bird is not raised and taught properly. One of the biggest problems people have is when they first bring home their new Umbrella they lavish it with lots and lots of attention and then a few weeks later they return to their normal routine and the bird doesn't get the attention they have gotten use to. Then they start a lot of bad habits that get them attention.
I always stress this to anyone getting a cockatoo, of any breed but especially Umbrellas, that they need to try to determine how much time they will have a few years from now and start by only giving that much attention. You can always give them more but you can't take it away. Now that doesn't mean that you should ignore them and leave them in their cages all the time. They can be perfectly happy just out of their cages playing with toys by themselves.
I have seen both well mannered and brats in Umbrellas. The only difference I can find for sure is the way they were raised.
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Umbrella's are among the most well known cockatoos. They have a well deserved reputation for being very cuddly and personable. Umbrella's thrive on attention and love, and are often described as "Velcro-birds" that way. They like nothing better than to sit in your lap and cuddle all day long!
Also know as "Great White" cockatoo's, they get their unusual name from the shape their crest makes when fanned out. They are basically all white with beautiful creamy yellow under their wings and tail. They look quite spectacular in flight!
Other Names: Quarrion, Top-knot parakeet
Description: Largely grey with white wing coverts and secondaries. Males: head and base of upward curving crest pale yellow. Central ear coverts orange. Females and immatures: duller facial markings and pronounced fine lighter barring on rump, flanks, tail and underside of wings. Bill grey. Iris dark brown. Legs grey-brown.
Size: Approx. 11 – 13 in. Average 12 in. wingspan
Origin: Found in a variety of habitats including open woodland, scrub, riverside forest, farmland, orchards, plains and roadsides. Generally found in drier areas in pairs or flocks of up to 100, but over 1000 have been seen. They feed mainly on seeds, especially acacias and wheat, and can be pests in some areas.
Pet Qualities: This is one of the most popular birds of the parrot family. They are a very good first bird.
They are inexpensive and readily available most times of the year. They come in a wide variety of colors (mutations).
Males often learn to talk and whistle tunes. If fed a good healthy diet they can live well into their 20's.
They don't generally get very aggressive. They are very patient and loving. They can sit for hours with you watching TV. with an occasional head scratch here and there.
They love to get down on the floor and see what they can find, be very careful and always keep and eye and your Tiel so they don't get into trouble or hurt themselves. They love to play with shiny things. Jewelry being one of the favorites! I know many Tiels that share their owner's dinner with them! They are very social little birds.