(“Pink and Grey Cockatoo”)

(Eolophus roseicapilla)

Length:  35-38 cm Common

The Galah, also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo, Pink and Grey Cockatoo is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos. It can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.

It is endemic on the mainland and was introduced to Tasmania where its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas. It appears to have benefitted from the change in the landscape since European colonisation and may be replacing the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo in parts of its range.

It has pale grey to mid grey back, a pale grey rump, a pink face and chest and a light pink mobile crest. It has a bone coloured beak and the bare skin of the eye rings is carunculated. The male has very dark brown, almost black, irises and the female has mid-brown or red irises. The Galah nests in tree cavities.