Rose Breasted Cockatoo
Rose Breasted Cockatoo Or Galah are Affectionate and friendly, the Galah Cockatoos have a reputation for being loving pets. They are sensitive birds, however, and require quite a bit of attention and interaction from their owners. Those interested in owning a Cockatoo should make sure that they have plenty of free time to spend with their new pet. They are active birds and need plenty of exercises to maintain their physical health. Fresh fruit is a good source of nutrition for them as well. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans can be used as a training treat and are very healthy for them.
Characteristics of cockatoo
The most obvious physical characteristic is the strong, curved, broad bill. The upper mandible is prominent, curves downward, and comes to a point. It is not fused to the skull, which allows it to move independently, and contributes to the tremendous biting pressure the birds are able to exert.
A large macaw, for example, has a bite force of 35 kg/cm2 (500 lb/sq in), close to that of a large dog. The lower mandible is shorter, with a sharp, upward-facing cutting edge, which moves against the flat portion of the upper mandible in an anvil-like fashion.
Touch receptors occur along the inner edges of the keratinised bill, which are collectively known as the “bill tip organ“, allowing for highly dexterous manipulations. Seed-eating parrots have a strong tongue (containing similar touch receptors to those in the bill tip organ), which helps to manipulate seeds or position nuts in the bill so that the mandibles can apply an appropriate cracking force.
The head is large, with eyes positioned high and laterally in the skull, so the visual field of parrots is unlike any other birds. Without turning its head, a parrot can see from just below its bill tip, all above its head, and quite far behind its head.
Parrots also have quite a wide frontal binocular field for a bird, although this is nowhere near as large as primate binocular visual fields.
Parrots have strong zygodactyl feet with sharp, elongated claws, which are used for climbing and swinging. Most species are capable of using their feet to manipulate food and other objects with a high degree of dexterity, in a similar manner to a human using their hands.
A study conducted with Australian parrots has demonstrated that they exhibit “handedness”, a distinct preference with regards to the foot used to pick up food, with adult parrots being almost exclusively “left-footed” or “right-footed”, and with the prevalence of each preference within the population varying by species.