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Galah

The Galah, Eolophus roseicapilla, is one of the most common bird of the cockatoo family. It occupies open country in almost all of mainland
Australia. Galahs are absent only from the driest areas and the far north of Cape York Peninsula. They appear to have been self-introduced to Tasmania. They are common in some metropolitan areas, for example Perth and Melbourne, and common to abundant in open habitats which offer at least some scattered trees for shelter. There are three subspecies of this bird in Australia.

Galahs have a pale to mid gray back, a pink face and chest, and a light pink crest. Sexes are similar, differing only in eye color. The male has a brown iris, the female red. Typical Galahs weigh between .6 and .9 grams.

Galah is also derogatory Australian slang, synonymous with ‘fool’ or ‘idiot’. It seemed to be that the reference to a ‘silly Galah’ is based on the sheer exuberance of the species and its willingness to enjoy the moment. Galahs appear to lack the concept of dignity. It is very common to see them hanging by one leg from telephone or power lines in a rainstorm getting soaking wet and screeching with delight. There are many reports of them tobogganing down the corrugated roofs of outback buildings.

Galahs are highly social and very long-lived. Though they are sometimes kept as pets, this is not something to be undertaken lightly as they bond socially with their owners and may well outlive them.

Galah


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