How Do I Care for a Rose Breasted Cockatoo?

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Caring for a rose breasted cockatoo involves giving it a cage with plenty of space, food and water, and lots of attention. It is also important to properly groom a rose breasted cockatoo; they tend to give off small clouds of dusty dander when they flap their wings. Spraying down your rose breasted cockatoo with a light misting of water a few times a day should keep this problem to a minimum.

Rose breasted cockatoos are typically active birds, and this is why a roomy cage is important. They normally like to have room to walk around in their cage, and tend to appreciate the presence of toys to keep them occupied. Many owners let their rose breasted cockatoos out of their cages occasionally to explore the house. This can help to satisfy the naturally curious nature of these birds, but it is important to to watch them closely so they do not escape. If there is a way to get out, these intelligent birds will likely find it.

The diet of a rose breasted cockatoo should generally include nuts, fruits, and various seeds. These birds may also eat commercial pellets. It is important to limit the amount of oil in their diet because they are prone to developing fatty tumors. Most birds are able to eat sunflower seeds with no problems, but they should not be fed to rose breasted cockatoos because of the high oil content.


One of the most important things you can give your rose breasted cockatoo is lots of attention. These birds may get bored easily and usually don't appreciate being ignored. They will occasionally make life very unpleasant for anyone who isn't giving them as much attention as they feel they need. It is not uncommon for a neglected rose breasted cockatoo to make loud screeching sounds when it wants attention. They also might start chewing off their own feathers if they are feeling left out.

One way to give your rose breasted cockatoo attention is by training it to talk. These birds are fast learners and are generally able to learn to say many things. They are also capable of learning tricks. Rose breasted cockatoos often enjoy learning new things and will appreciate the time you spend trying to teach it. If it appears that you can't give your bird as much attention as it requires, you might consider getting another bird to keep it company.


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