The Australian Galah


Galah - Cacatua roseicapilla

Family: Cacatuidae

Status: Resident / Common

The Pink and Grey Galah has a very distinct character. They play at all times of the day, no matter what activity presents them. Hanging upside down from telephone wires, sliding down light poles are some of their favourite games. A regular flock that visits Mawson Park, Hillarys regularly enjoys playing on the swings. High pitched calls and harsh screeching always accompany the arrival of a flock, or even just a pair of Galah. They can be found foraging on open grass, playing fields, lawns and in native gardens, for seeds, shoots, blossoms, fruits and insect larvae. They roost at midday/mid-afternoon, in tall eucalyptus. As with most parrots and cockatoos, they gather in the evening in large flocks at prominent water holes, to drink, bath and roost. They will often tease smaller birds of prey, swooping and dodging them or even perching next to them with crest raised and wings held open. This is also a game indulged by Corella species. The Galahs found in Perth are of the race assimilis, has a pink crest and a pale grey eye ring.

Size: 35 - 36cm

Voice: Loud screeching cries. Young have scratchy wheezing cries.

Nesting Ecology: Pairs nest in hollowed out trees, 4 to 20m above the ground, and can produce 2 to 5 eggs. They breed from July to December, or when rain and food is good.

Australian Distribution: Patchy distribution over much of Australia.



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Accessed: March 2005


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