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Bird Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)

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Common Name: Galah

Scientific name: Cacatua roseicapilla

Family: Cacatuidae

Order: Psittaciformes

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: occurring over most of Australia, including some offshore islands.

Habitat: large flocks in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water.

Field Notes: rose-pink head, neck and underparts, with paler pink crown, and grey back, wings and undertail, birds from west usually paler. acrobatic flight, noisy, congregate and roost together at night.

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. My Yard, QLD

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Photo By Auscraft Sept 2011
 
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More pics

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Thanks Dusty. That second photo was the only useable one out of a set of about 7. I think the viewfinder is out of focus ;)

I don't know much about Galahs, so is anyone able to advise whether the pair in my second photo are mother and juvenile or are a breeding pair? They were sitting up in the tree in the hottest part of the day just preening each other for about 15 minutes. Very sweet.
 

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Juveniles tend to be a bit paler than adults so I think this is probably a bonded pair.
Galahs seem to spend a lot of time just siting around so the must be pretty efficient
foragers. They also like to practise flying as fast as possible dodging and weaving in a flock.
I think this is to prepare for attack by various falcons which dont mind the odd galah.
They can also be seen returning to their roosting area late in the afternoon in pairs
just like in the old Jolliffe cartoons (never seen one with the hobnail boots but).
 

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I will agree with a bonded pair the Juvenile is duller (more greyer around face and breast)
 
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