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Galah

 (Eolophus roseicapilla)

Also known as: Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo, Red-breasted Cockatoo, Rosie

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Galahs at watering hole
© Brent Barrett

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The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is one of the few parrot species which has seen its population in the wild rise instead of decline.

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Related publications: Eolophus roseicapilla

Species Profile

Genus: Eolophus | Species: roseicapilla

Size:

35cm (13.6 in)

Weight:

270-400g (9.5-14 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: C.r. roseicapilla, C.r. albiceps; one specimen of C.r. kuhli (Juniper and Parr, 1998, Forshaw, 2006)

Colour Adult:

C.r. roseicapilla: Both adults soft pink forehead, crest and crown, with white wash, blending into darker hindneck; deep pink face, neck and underparts; grey wings; grey undertail coverts; pale grey rump. Horn coloured bill. Eye ring grey/white. Eye dark brown in male, red/brown in female.
C.r. albiceps: Both adults white forehead, crest and crown, with pink bases to feathers, separate from darker pink area behind neck. Eye ring deep pink to dull red.
C.r. kuhli: Both adults as in albiceps but generally paler in colour; shorter crest peaking on forecrown; noticeable white bordering on feathers below eye; slightly smaller in size.

Colour Juvenile:

C.r. roseicapilla: As in adult but duller plumage; grey wash in crest, crown and breast. White eye ring smooth. Eye pale brown.
C.r. albiceps: As in juvenile roseicapilla.

Call:

Variety of calls; contact call chet chet every 10 seconds, repeated rapidly when sounding alarm call, loud screeching scree notes accompany lifing of wings and fanning of crest.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Pet Place
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 128333, Galah Eolophus roseicapilla, Macaulay, Linda, New South Wales, Australia, Oct. 12 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.

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Galahs at watering hole
© Brent Barrett

Did You Know?

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is one of the few parrot species which has seen its population in the wild rise instead of decline.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eolophus roseicapilla

Species Care

Captive Status:

Widespread in captivity.

Longevity:

25-40 yrs

Housing:

Walk in aviary, minimum length 7m (23 ft).

Diet:

Green foods (kale, lettuces, chickweed); limited mixture of seeds, dry and sprouted; fresh corn, birdie bread and egg when rearing young; some will also eat: apple, carrot, broccoli, celery and peas in the pod; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Different chewables (bird-safe branches, sterilized pine cones, different sized perches), hanging toys, vegetable tanned leather toys, different bird-safe dried grasses; bathing.

Nest Box Size:

12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

3 or 4 but up to 6

Incubation Time:

22-23 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

8-9g (0.3-0.31 oz)

Peak Weight:

293-423g (10.25-14.8 oz)

Weaning Weight:

246-363g (8.6-12.7 oz)

Click photo to visit gallery

Galahs at watering hole
© Brent Barrett

Did You Know?

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is one of the few parrot species which has seen its population in the wild rise instead of decline.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eolophus roseicapilla

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, increasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Appears to be very little threat; in fact this species has benefitted from the increase in agriculture in the area, from the additional food; however, there has been some illegal trading.

Range:

C.r. roseicapilla: W Australia, south of the Great Sandy Desert and east to Harts Range, possibly to Simpson Desert, southern Northern Territory.
C.r. albiceps: E Tasmania and east to SE mainland Australia, north to lat 20 S in N Queensland and west to Simpson Desert.
C.r. kuhli: N Australia, from Kimberley division of W Australia east to S Cape York Peninsula and Burdekin River, N Queensland.

Habitat:

Found in variety of areas including woodland, savanna, and cultivated areas; does not occur in dense forest. Up to 1600m (5248 ft).

Wild Diet:

Mainly feeds on seeds, such as oats and grass, and some insect larvae, berries, buds, flowers and Eucalyptus seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Forages up to 15km (9 mi) from nest site; non-breeding or post breeding birds may go further. Gathers in large, raucous groups with other cockatoos.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 or 4 but up to 6; ovate eggs, 35.0 x 26.5mm (1.4 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:

North, February-June; elsewhere is July and February, with most being in August-October.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb

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Galahs at watering hole
© Brent Barrett

Did You Know?

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is one of the few parrot species which has seen its population in the wild rise instead of decline.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eolophus roseicapilla

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