Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla): is one of Australia’s best-known and most easily recognised parrots.
Galahs are between 340–380 millimetres long. Birds are pale-grey above, rose-pink to deep-rose below. The head is crowned with a cap-like crest. Male’s eyes are dark-brows and female’s reddish.
They are found singly, in pairs or large noisy flocks. The Galahs, at Yallaroo, are usually in pairs.
Galahs usually feed on the ground and sometimes in foliage. Galahs are often pests in grain together with Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.
Galahs inhabit open country with scattered trees and grassland. Their habitat has greatly expanded due to cereal crops and the provision of dams and tanks.
They nest in hollows using living and dead trees. Galahs have two unusual habits. Bark is often stripped from around the nest entrance and green eucalypt leaves and twigs are used to line the hollow. Two to five white, oval eggs are laid.
We have observed a pair of Galahs stripping the bark from around a hollow in one of our White Boxes (Eucalyptus albens).
Galahs are found throughout mainland Australia except for some wetter, coastal areas.
The pair illustrated frequently visit to our bird feeder.