commonly called the Galah
belongs to the Genus Eolophus
This is a very popular pet in the USA and Europe. In the wild it
is a common pest where there are many thousands to be found. Costing
almost nothing in Australia even as a hand-reared pet yet it is
highly valued and often can obtain the same market value as a Macaw
have two subspecies which can be distinguished by the colour of
their eye ring. The eye ring is red in the subspecies E . roseicapillus
roseicapillus and is grey in the subspecies E. roseicapillus assimilis.
The appearance of the two subspecies is otherwise similar and consists
of a white-light pink head and crest, deep pink-red neck, chest,
abdomen and legs. The wing, tail, and back are grey. Noticeably
different in colour from all other Cockatoos.
are bred successfully by breeders, clutches usually consist of three
to five eggs that are incubated for around 25 days. At birth the
babies have a sparse covering of long pink down. These babies when
hand-reared make wonderful pets. The colour
is a big reason for the popularity of this medium-sized cockatoo.
its rose-pink chest, under parts, neck and face contrasting against
its grey wings and tail, it is a striking bird. Breeders often remove
Galah eggs as soon as they are laid and place them in incubators.
Babies that have been hand-reared from day one make exceptional
pets. Hand reared Galahs are very different from the cuddly hand-fed
Moluccan and Umbrella Cockatoos.
The Galah is very outgoing, and it is this trait that makes it somewhat
cock birds appear even darker than the females and are more common.
The great majority of adult Galahs can be sexed by eye colouration
and by the intensity of the red or pink colouration of the naked
skin around the eye. Adult males have a darker eye colouration compared
to females. The iris of the male is a dark brown (appearing almost
black from a distance); while the iris of the female ranges from
light brown to pinkish-red.