In nature, there are only a handful of wild birds with pink plumage. Flamingoes are usually the first that come to mind, but there are pink robins, finches, and spoonbills too. Still, pink birds are somewhat rare, and besides their unique beauty, their rarity is what makes them all the more beautiful.
With so few pink birds found in nature, it’s not surprising that there are even fewer that are commonly kept as pets. In this article, we look at five pet birds with beautiful pink plumage.
1. Bourke’s Parakeet (Neopsephotus bourkii)
Native to Australia, the Bourke’s Parakeet may not be as vividly colored as other parrot species, but they have a beautiful chest full of vivid pink feathers. These birds are calm and gentle animals that are great for beginners and form strong bonds with their owners. They are intelligent birds but do not mimic speech or perform tricks like many other parrot species, although they are ideal for owners wanting a quiet, docile pet.
Bourke’s Parakeets are social and love to fly, so they are far better suited to an aviary with other parakeets than a cage. They are small birds, reaching only 7–8 inches high as adults, with a 20–25-year lifespan in captivity.
2. Corella (Cacatua sanguineat)
Also known as the Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, the Corella is a smaller species of cockatoo native to Western Australia and reaches 14–15 inches tall as an adult. These birds have gorgeous salmon-pink plumage and characteristic blue rings around their eyes that give them a somewhat sleepy appearance, but they are active and social animals that are known for their excellent mimicking skills. Cockatoos are known for being highly affectionate, and the Corella is no different — they are often so bonded with their owners, they can become slightly overwhelming for some people.
These birds are among the most affectionate and talkative cockatoos but can be exceedingly noisy too, so they are not ideal for apartment living. They need at least 3–4 hours per day of interactive play, making them a large responsibility.
3. Moluccan Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis)
Also widely known as the Salmon Crested Cockatoo, the Moluccan Cockatoo bonds powerfully with their owners and thrives on plenty of social interaction. These parrots are primarily white but have vivid pink feathers at the base of their large crest and salmon coloring on their chests and wings. They are large birds, reaching up to 20 inches in adulthood, and have exceedingly long lifespans, typically reaching 70 years or more in captivity.
Moluccan Cockatoos are known to be one-person birds, and once they bond with their owner, they are as affectionate as they come. They are not experts at mimicking speech but can certainly make a great deal of noise, so they are not ideal if you have close neighbors around.
4. Pink-Headed Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus porphyreus)
The Pink-Headed Fruit-Dove is native to Indonesia, and as you may have guessed by the name, they have bright, vivid pink heads and throats. They are around 12 inches tall in adulthood and live for 10–12 years in captivity. These birds are best suited for aviaries but can be trained to be handled with a bit of patience. They prefer a diet consisting of mostly fruit, and feeding them fruit from your hand is a great way to earn their trust.
5. Rose-Breasted Cockatoo
The pinkest of all pet pink birds, the Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, also known as the Galah, is a beautiful bird with bright pink feathers on their chest, belly, and face. These birds are extremely intelligent and affectionate and require a great deal of attention and interaction with their owners. This combined with their long lifespans of up to 70 years makes them a big responsibility, and they are a comparatively high-maintenance pet. They are not as noisy as other cockatoo species and can imitate various sounds and words, with males said to be the most adept at speech.
With their beautiful plumage, these birds are expensive and difficult to find as pets. They need at least 3–4 hours of daily interaction with their owners, or they can get destructive and even aggressive.
How many pink bird species are there?
Besides these pet pink bird species, there are several other birds in the wild with all pink or pink-tinted plumage. While these birds cannot be kept as pets, they are beautiful to observe in their natural habitat. These species include:
Pink birds are rare in the wild and thus, are even rarer as pets. The Rose-Breasted Cockatoo is arguably the most famous of all pink pet birds, with their beautiful bright pink chests and bellies, but they are a massive responsibility to undertake. The rarity of pink birds as pets makes them all the more alluring, though, and if you do manage to find one, count yourself extremely lucky!
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.