The Galah is a grey and pink cockatoo, which is very active and noisy with a
shrill call. They have a pink eye ring and the difference between
males and females is in their eye colours. The mature female has a
coppery red coloured pupil and the mature male's is a darker black. Galahs
grow to a length of about 35 cm, and fully grown, weigh 300 to 400
grams. Galahs are often kept as pets because of their ability to talk
and relate to humans.
Originally Galahs mainly resided inland in dry areas but since European
settlement, the Galah is found all over Australia in large and small flocks
in woodlands, shrubs and suburban parks and gardens. They are a pest on
farms growing cereal crops where they gather in large numbers. The Galah is
one of the most widespread of Australia's parrots, being found in all
states. The only area it is not found in is the most arid country and from
the tip of Cape York.
Galahs feed on seeds of both native plant
seeds, fruit & nut seeds as well as cereal crops of wheat, oats etc,
searching for the seeds on the ground. They also on rare occasions,
eat small insects. They will travel a long way from their nest in search of
food. As stated above, farmers consider them a pest because of the damage
they do to crops.
Galahs breed at different times of the year depending on their location.
Those in Northern Australia breed from February to July, and those in the
south from July to December. They make a nest in a tree cavity and produce 3
to 4 eggs which take about a month to hatch. Often the tree is marked by
removing a patch of bark near the nest, thought to be a message to other
galahs that that hollow is already being used. Both parents care for the
young which leave the nest after 2 months. The young Galah's soft early,
small, furry feathers are pink.
Reference: Information -
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