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Galah Cockatoo

Galah Cockatoo

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Scientific Name:

Eolophus roseicapillus


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.

Weight: 345gr

Dimensions: 35-36cm

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:


  1. It is one of the most abundant and widespread cockatoo species.
  2. The word ‘galah’ has come to be used in Australia to mean ‘fool’ or ‘idiot’, possibly because of this species’ playful antics.
  3. 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.

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