Pink and Grey Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)

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

Birds may travel large distances in search of feeding grounds. They feed on seeds of grasses and harvested grain - making these birds agricultural pests in some areas.

Galahs form permanent 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. Both sexes incubate the eggs (3 -4) and care for the young. 


Did you know?

Galahs can breed with other members of the cockatoo family, including the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

Their voice is a distinctive high-pitched screech, "chi-chi"


How the Birds got their Colours

Back in the Dreamtime all the bird tribes were the same colour, and that was black.

One day the Peaceful Dove caught his foot on a sharp prong of a broken off tree branch. The Dove called out piteously for help, and all the other bird tribes heard his cry and came to the place where the Dove lay. The Dove was in great pain and his foot had swollen up.

The other birds gathered and provided shelter for him with their wings. Some brought water for him to drink and some bathed his foot with water. All except Crow, who was in a bad mood and was angered by the attention the other birds were giving the little Dove.

Crow called out to the other birds and told them that they were wasting their time, the Peaceful Dove was done for. And indeed the foot was festering and swelling more all the time. But the other birds paid the Crow no heed, and finally they had had enough of him and chased him away.

Then the Galah had an idea. She rushed forward and bit the Dove's swollen foot with her sharp, hooked beak. The Dove cried out in pain and a myrid of colours, all the colours in nature flowed out of the Dove's foot and splashed all over every bird gathered around.

Some got only a little colour, and some got one or two colours only. Some were splashed with many colours, and the Rainbow Lorikeet was splashed with so much colour that he looked like a rainbow himself.

The Galah was splashed with rosey pink and grey, and the little Peaceful Dove was almost drained with colour until he was a light mottled grey - brown.

And so it was that all the bird tribes got their beautiful coloured plumage, except selfish, bad tempered Crow who remains in his original black to this day.


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