Pink and Grey Galah:
Researched by Sarah & Ebony
Pink and Grey Galah or Willie-Willock
These birds are a common sight all over Australia, except in Tasmania.
They live in flocks of 30 to 1000 birds. Pink and Grey Galahs live in
trees and nests. They are found in the Australian bush and around the outback.
They are often seen nibbling on farmer's crops. They nest in hollow trees
The Pink and Grey Galah eats grass, grass roots, crumbs, fruit, nuts,
oats and wheat. They gather most of their food from the ground after
the ripened seed has fallen.
A Pink and Grey Galah looks
like a cockatoo. It has a hooked, grey beak and it has pink and grey
feathers on its body. The back wings
and tail are grey. It is about 360mm long, including 150mm for the
tail. The skin around the male eye is white and powdery and the female
has pink eye colouring.
In the Pilbara, we often see
wild Pink and Grey Galahs on people's lawns, on shrubs during the
day and in tall gum trees
eating the sugar
from the leaves. Unfortunately, some are even kept in cages.
Pink and Greys are the most beautiful birds. When
a large flock is feeding, one galah usually has its head up looking out
for danger. Only 10 out of 100 fledglings survive but once these birds
reach adulthood they live for many years.