Galah Cockatoo

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Common Name: Galah
Scientific Name: Cacatua roseicapilla

Size: 12 ΒΌ to 15 inches (31-38cm)

Habitat: Australia; one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia, including some offshore islands. Found in large flocks in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown. The Galah is becoming more abundant around areas of human habitation, with the growth in population largely a result of increasing availability of food and water. Escaped aviary birds have also contributed to these numbers.

Diet: Form huge, noisy flocks, which feed on seeds, mostly from the ground. Seeds of grasses and cultivated crops are eaten, making these birds agricultural pests in some areas. Birds may travel large distances in search of favorable feeding grounds.

Breeding: Galahs form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies. The nest is a tree hollow or similar location, lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the young. There is high chick mortality in Galahs, with up to 50 % of chicks dying in the first six months.

Cool Facts: The Galah is becoming more abundant around areas of human habitation, with the growth in population largely a result of increasing availability of food and water. Escaped aviary birds have also contributed to these numbers.

Galahs have been recorded breeding with other members of the cockatoo family, both in the wild and captivity. These include the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.


Found in Parrots of the World and Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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