the foraging galah

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At the edge of the Moonee Beach Nature Reserve the weeds have taken advantage of the cleared nature strip and there are purple, white and yellow flowers as well as berries all tangled up together.  This female galah and her friend have been coming down for a forage each day to pick through the delicacies on offer. Galahs take most of their food from the ground though they nest in the hollows of eucalypts.

The Galah is part of the Cockatoo family and has the classic powerful bill. This one is an eastern front galah, they have a reddish eye ring whereas their western cousins have a grey or whitish eye ring and their colouring overall is a little paler. I know it is a female because they have red eyes and the males have brown eyes.

They usually hang out in large flocks but I’ve only been seeing this pair … perhapes they have wandered off for a little alone time or maybe they don’t want to share the abundance of sweet things with their friends!

They are sweet natured parrots and make a pleasant ‘czzk-czzk’ sound interspersed with a loud screech. They seem to have quite a sense of humour and part of Australian colloquialism is calling someone a galah when they are being a bit silly or acting the fool.

Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed.

5 thoughts on “the foraging galah

    cindy knoke said:
    October 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I was entranced by these birds when I was in Australia. I love your native birds. I saw one for sale in a pet store in the US and wouldn’t buy it, it looked depressed and underweight. I couldn’t get over the brids in Australia! Gorgeous.
    Cindy

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 21, 2012 at 8:12 am

      yes we have lovely birds.. so sad to hear of one for sale in US it must have been missing its flock.. I don’t like to see any birds kept as pets unless it is a huge aviary and then I still feel upset by it

        cindy knoke said:
        October 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Margo-
        This was the bird that I so loved in huge flocks in Australia, keep forgetting it’s name, Foraging Galah (great name!) Gorgeous healthy birds in Australia, sad, sickly-bird, alone in a cage for sale in California forseveral thousand dollars.
        Sad, my husband and I agreed,
        Cindy

    jazzytower said:
    October 15, 2012 at 5:13 am

    The colors are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Yes, they are an artist’s palette. Thanks for stopping by.

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