GALAH ~ Cacatua roseicapilla

The Galah (35 cm) 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. The voice is a distinctive high-pitched screech, ‘chi-chi’. Huge noisy flocks of birds congregate and roost together at night.
Distribution and Habitat
The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, found in large flocks, in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water. It occurs over most of Australia, including some offshore islands, and is becoming more abundant round areas of human habitation. The growth in population is largely a result of increasing availability of food and water. Escaped aviary birds have also contributed to these numbers.
Food and feeding
Galahs 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 favourable feeding grounds.
Galahs form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies. The breeding season is variable, but mainly from February to July in the north and July to December in the south. The nest is a tree hollow or similar location, lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the three or four young. There is a high chick mortality in Galahs, with up to 50 % dying in the first six months.

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  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    aww what a tender capture!

  • Thank you so very much for your great compliment my good friend, appreciated xx

    – Clive

  • BIG HUG for the fave my frind xx

    – Clive

  • Yool
    Yoolover 5 years ago

    How sweet ….well captured!!!

  • Ever so much appreciate your great compliment Yool, thank you my good friend xx. The Galah mates for life and they are a very affectionate bird

    – Clive

    WINTERROSEover 5 years ago

    awww lovely

  • So very much appreciate the great compliment my good friend, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 5 years ago

    How wonderful to capture them in such a loving way. Beautiful colours and perfect comp.

  • Thank you ever so kindly Braedene for your beautiful compliment my good friend, very much appreciated

    – Clive

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Clive!!

  • So very much appreciate your fine compliment Susan, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors…and just plain lovely!

  • Thank you so very much for the great compliment Ginger xx

    – Clive

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    OH how Wonderful, Clive!!! I LOVE this shot!!!! Just gorgeous detail … honey .. magnificent color … this is a stunner!! Not to mention the adorable birdies!!!! YAY!!!! This is one of your best, my friend!!!!

  • Your fantastic compliment is so greatly appreciated Lois, thank you ever so much my dear lady xoxo. There was about seven pairs in the tree in my backyard, managed to get several different shots and will post a couple more later

    – Clive

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Ohhhh, I love this one, Clive!!!!

  • Thank you ever so much for the great compliment Mary-Ann, so very much appreciated xx

    – Clive

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 5 years ago

    Oh, Clive, what an exceptional picture you’ve taken!! Such beautiful birds in such a loving gesture! Is this a picture taken after the fire, which then would give us the hope that many have lived through it and will continue on with their lives? – Pat

  • So very much appreciate your wonderful compliment Pat, so very much appreciated my dear friend xx.
    This image was taken this morning on a large Ghost Gum tree in my backyard, there was seven pairs of them there at the same time.
    I do believe spring is in the air even though it is now the start of autumn….LOL

    – Clive

  • BIG HUG for adding “True Love” to your favourites Pat, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • Angela Lance
    Angela Lanceover 5 years ago

    awwwww, this is an awesome shot my friend!!!!!!

  • Thank you ever so kindly for your great compliment my dear friend, apprecietd xo

    – Clive

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