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Alternative Names: Rose-breasted Cockatoo, particularly in aviculture

Photo by mehdhalaouate Canberra, Australia, May 2005
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Canberra, Australia, May 2005
Eolophus roseicapilla

Cacatua roseicapilla


[edit] Identification

35–36 cm (13ΒΎ-14ΒΌ in)
An unmistakable cockatoo with a rose pink head, breast and underparts, and a grey back, wings and tail. The short crest is white to pink depending on subspecies.
The sexes are similar, however can be distinguished on eye colour, or eye colour and eye ring (depending on the subspecies). Females have a red iris/red iris and red eye ring, while males have a grey eye ring and dark brown iris.

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by NoraToolern Vale, Victoria, August 2013
Photo by Nora
Toolern Vale, Victoria, August 2013

The species is widespread over Australia, to which it is endemic. It is absent only from the most arid zones of the continent, and the far north of Cape York. Their distribution appears to have greatly expanded since European settlement, as it has benefited from the planting of crops and the provision of stock watering points in dry areas.

[edit] Taxonomy

It has historically been placed in genus Cacatua.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized:

  • E. r. kuhli:
  • E. r. roseicapilla:
  • Western and west-central Australia
  • E. r. albiceps: East-central and eastern Australia south to Tasmania
Photo by The BosunMannum waterfall, South Australia, August 2009
Photo by The Bosun
Mannum waterfall, South Australia, August 2009

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland, riverine woodland, agricultural districts and human settlements.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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