Lola, the Rose Breasted Cockatoo, greeted me with a cheery “Hello!” when I first saw her and won me over instantly. None of the other pets I photograph can talk! What a smart and stunning bird!

At 10 years old, Lola is still young for a Cockatoo. They can live up to 50 years so having one as a pet is a long-term commitment. Lola’s person is a true animal lover. She also has two Westies and a Himalayan cat. I think it’s safe to say that she is committed to taking excellent care of her pets for the long haul. Lola is one lucky bird.

Rose Breasted Cockatoos are originally from Australia and are called galahs. These birds have an affectionate and bubbly personality and enjoy humans. However, in Australia, it is an insult to call someone a “galah” because of how silly the birds act in the wild. That reminds me of how I call my golden retriever a “gooney bird” when he acts playful. I’m not really insulting him. I enjoy comical and good-natured pets!