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Galah Species of Bird:

The Galah is a cockatoo which is also often referred to as the rose breasted cockatoo for its color.

The bird is called many other names and is one of the commonest cockatoos all over the world. The galah is most common in Australia where it can be found anywhere in the open countryside. The bird is very beautiful, sporting a unique pink and grey plumage. It has a distinctive behavior which is both loud and bold.

It is this behavior which makes it extremely easy to spot the bird.

The galah has a pink face and chest, with a pale grey rump and back. Both the sexes appear similar to each other except for the color of their irises. The juveniles have a duller color than the adults and therefore can be differentiated.

The galahs can be found in all the states of Australia. However, they usually do not survive in the drier areas and the areas in the far north. Huge flocks of the birds can often be seen on the grassy areas, foraging for food.

There are in all three subspecies of the galah, with only a slight variation between the colors of the plumage. The bird is used to resting in the naturally occurring cavities of trees. They have white colored eggs which are incubate for a period of 25 days. The galahs are close to their partners and almost always share a life long bond with them. The birds live for long and therefore make excellent pets. They are also extremely sociable and like having humans around them. Since their lifespan is long, it is not unusual to find a galah that has outlived its owner. They are extremely noisy and prefer constant attention and care. If the owner is not able to care for them or be available to socialize with them, the galahs may suffer a great deal.

However, they are easy to keep as pets and are not very difficult to handle because of which they are extremely popular. They can be taught to talk and once taught, they make great talkers. Though both make and female birds are intelligent, the male galah is considered a better talker than the female one. They are easy to socialize with and bond very closely with their family, having an acute sense of belonging. They are extremely affectionate and are great around young children too. Still, they do need some time out and enjoy some privacy. They may not take very pleasantly to being over handled.

  Submitted on January 27, 2010