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Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla) 

"Galahs are pink and grey. They visit our school in noisy flocks. They hang upside down on the powerlines and sometimes they look for seed on our oval."
by Drake, 2W
 

General Information

Description: 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.

Habitat: 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.

Food: 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.

Breeding: 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 -  Various Internet Sites.  
                 
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Photo Wayne Reed

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