An endless performer, the rose-breasted cockatoo thrives on interaction from its human flock and a plethora of toys while on its own. To keep rose-breasted cockatoos happy, they need at least one hour of playtime a day. They also exercise time with their owner and several more hours of supervised out of the cage time.
Listen to a rose-breasted cockatoo here!
Without enough mental and physical stimulation, rose-breasted cockatoos can resort to destructive behaviors, such as feather picking. They are susceptible to psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), fatty liver disease, obesity and bumblefoot. While these pet birds need attention and time with humans, they must also learn how to be independent and not become accustomed to an excessive amount of human attention. Rose-breasted cockatoos can become territorial once they have matured and they are often destructive chewers. These pet birds are known to be dusty birds, and which is a concern for those with allergies.
“In my experience, rosies are quite different from most of the white cockatoos and can be compared in some ways to the African grey. They will suffer if raised in less than optimal rearing conditions, and can develop very fearful behavior at times if stability in the environment isn’t present in their early years.”
Pamela Clark, IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant