Eolophus roseicapillus

Description

The Galah can be easily identified by its rose-pink head, neck and underparts, with paler pink crown, and grey back, wings and undertail. Birds from the west of Australia have comparatively paler plumage. Galahs have a bouncing acrobatic flight, but spend much of the day sheltering from heat in the foliage of trees and shrubs. Huge noisy flocks of birds congregate and roost together at night.

Distribution

The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia, including some offshore islands.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Gallah

Lifespan

The lifespan of a Galah is up to 40 years old.

Size

The size of the Galah is 34 - 36 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 338 grams.

Diet

The diet of the Galah includes seeds of grasses, nuts, berries and cultivated crops are eaten, making these birds agricultural pests in some areas.

Habitat

The Galah is found in large flocks in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water.

Breeding

Galahs in the north breed between February - July and July - December in the South. 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. The female will produce 3 - 4 eggs. 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.