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Wallaroo Station Animal Fact Sheet
ROSE-BREASTED COCKATOO
Eolophus roseicapillus

Range:
Found throughout Australia, except in the very dry desert regions and dense forests.

The Rose-breasted Cockatoos, also known as Galah Cockatoos, are generally well-adapted birds that are found in abundance throughout central Australia. They are also becoming increasingly common towards the coastal regions. They are usually seen in large flocks of 30 - 1000, usually feeding with Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. In rain they like to hang upside down from branches and power lines, wings spread wide to catch the rain.

Habitat: Open woodland, parks, roadsides, playing fields.
Diet: Fruit, seeds, nuts, berries, plant shoots and roots, grubs. They are often found feeding on seed that has fallen to the ground. They also eat orchard fruit and nuts.
Status: Not threatened, and fairly common.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: Up to 330g.

Length: 12-15 inches.

Lifespan: Up to 50 years.
Reproduction & Offspring:

They nest in hollow trees. The nesting hole is lined with leaves and twigs where 3-4 white eggs are laid. Incubation is shared by both parents over a 30 day period, with the young leaving the nest at around 8 weeks.


 

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