The Australian Galah


*243. Galah Cacatua roseicapilla

380 mm. Underparts grey; crown pale pink; neck and underparts rose-red.

In 1920 Galahs were liberated from Taronga Park Zoo. There are no records of this species before or after this release until a the drought in 1941 which resulted in “hundreds” being reported from some districts. There has been a steady increase in the number of Galahs and they have become breeding residents in many areas around Sydney. The first definite breeding record was at Richmond in 1955. The records show that liberations had some bearing on the large flocks seen today.



Hoskin, E.S. (1991)
The Birds of Sydney, Country of Cumberland NSW 1770 – 1989
Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd
ISBN 0 949324 40


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