Μost of Australia, including some offshore islands.
Μostly seeds (including cereals).
Habitat: Woodland, grassland, agricultural cropland, suburban parks.
Incubation: 22-26 days / 2-6 eggs
Social structure: large flocks of up to 1000 birds.
Lifespan: max 40 years in human care.
Estimated population in the wild: common
Threats: There are no major threats to this species. In Australia it is considered as a pest and is shot, as huge flocks can destroy growing crops.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- It is one of the most abundant and widespread cockatoo species.
- The word ‘galah’ has come to be used in Australia to mean ‘fool’ or ‘idiot’, possibly because of this species’ playful antics.
- It is well adapted to the hot, arid conditions of inland Australia, being able to tolerate high temperatures and considerable periods of dehydration. It produces concentrated urine to minimize water loss, and is also able to rehydrate by drinking salty water.