Galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla)

There is something about galahs that is hard to ignore. The combination of rose pink bodies and soft grey wings, the bright eyes, sharp calls and their tendency to form large flocks makes them stand out. I used to associate them with trips to the country but they have become accustomed to city life and suburbia.

Pair of galahs, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney
Pair of galahs, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney

Galahs mate for life, but they will form new relationships if one bird dies. Males have a dark brown eye, and females have reddish brown eyes.

Galah, female, at Lane Cove National Park, Sydney
Galah, female, at Lane Cove National Park, Sydney

They nest in tree hollows, ripping the bark away to form a bare entrance. The photo at the top shows a galah at work in a gum tree in Canberra.

Galah, male, at Lane Cove National Park, Sydney
Galah, male, at Lane Cove National Park, Sydney

They will graze in large numbers with other birds, including sulphur-crested cockatoos and corellas, as shown below alongside the Lachlan River in Cowra.

Galahs, corellas and sulphur-crested cockatoos on playing fields next to the Lachlan River, Cowra, NSW
Galahs, corellas and sulphur-crested cockatoos on playing fields next to the Lachlan River, Cowra, NSW

Galahs have a reputation for clowning around and being playful. To be called a galah is not a compliment, as it is usually associated with being foolish or empty-headed. There is a beautifully vivid clip of galahs, complete with their calls, here.

There are some great drawings of galahs here and a gorgeous galah family featured in this post. Do galahs brighten up your neighbourhood?

Photo: galah working on a hollow to create a nest, Canberra

8 thoughts on “Galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla)

  1. Yes, indeed we do have them in our local area. I’ve lived in my suburb of Melbourne since 1978 and never used to se them ever, but now we get small flocks of them strutting about as if they own the place!

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    1. That’s interesting, Lisa, and they do tend to do as they wish! Growing up I always thought they were more of a country bird, but on trips to Sydney they are definitely at home in the suburbs now …

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