The humorous antics of these iconic Australian cockatoos led to their name being applied to anyone acting the fool. Galahs do indeed sometimes seem to be just having fun like taking turns to slide down cables and wires. These birds are easy to identify with their distinctive pink and grey plumage. Galahs have a jaunty walk and bouncing acrobatic flight. Galahs prefer to feed on seeds, mostly from the ground as well as demolish fruit trees and they love to nip off new growth on ornamental trees and roses.
Galahs roost together at night in often large and very vocal “mobs”.
Did you know that Galahs also form permanent pair bonds?
Learn more about other Australian cockatoos. Information from the Nature Australia Organisation
My dad had a pet Galah that appeared at our house one morning, sidled up to my dad and greeted him with “hello Cocky, what a pretty boy”. His elderly owner had passed away and the family, not knowing what to do with this somewhat rambunctious bird released him. So, being no longer able to fend for himself he decided to find a new person to cater to his needs and desires and attached himself to dad.
Cocky loved my dad but was jealous of mum and terrorised us kids. He also found it terribly amusing to impersonate the noise that Roosters make when they are calling hens to food and once he had the hapless hens withing range would attack them and then laugh diabolically. He was the smartest bird I have ever known. RIP Cocky Rod.
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