Galah Cockatoo

Galah Cockatoo

 The Galah. Boy, this parrot sure is cute. Also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, this pink, lovable bird could soften even the toughest of hearts. I have vivid memories of visiting my local pet shop and being drawn to the Galah cages. They just oozed love. They would turn on the charm for any person that entered the store. I would walk in and they would start to "talk" and press their cute little pink heads against the bars to be pet and ruffled. I had my favorites and thoroughly enjoyed massaging their little pin-feathered noggins while their little eyes half-closed in bliss. If I was able, I probably would have purchased the whole lot of them (I was a teenager at the time).

            The coloring of the bird is extraordinary. A delicious pink. A rich dark pink covers most of the body. The top of the head and back of the neck are a light white-pink color. A wonderful contrast of smokey gray adorns the back, wings and tail. The female can be distinguished from the male by her eye color. She sports reddish eyes and the male has much darker eyes. This bird is lovely, to say the least. Even if you aren't a fan of the color pink, I do believe you will be smitten with this bird.

            Native to Australia, the Galah is far from endangered. They are actually considered a nuisance to farmers as they travel in large flocks and often feed on the seeds of many different types of crops. They have a reputation of destruction. And noisiness. Of course, this is just what they do naturally. The Galah's numbers are actually increasing along with the increase in farmland. The farmland grows, allowing for more food for the Galah to eat. This allows for more Galah's to survive and reproduce, increasing their population.

Size: This bird comes to about ½ pound and reaches an average length of about 12 inches.

Lifespan:

Around 50 years. Yes, this bird could outlive you. As with most parrots, be sure you're ready to be it's caretaker for a very long time.

Dietary Needs:

A pellet can make up the base of your birds diet, with treats including nuts and fresh fruits and veggies. Emphasis must be placed on making sure that your birds diet does not include too much fat as Galah's are prone to obesity on fatty diets. A low fat pellet may be the answer. The fat content of nuts and seeds can also be monitored. Some nuts and seeds have a very high fat content.

 

Common Diseases and ailments:

·                     Obesity

·                     Tumors

·                     Feather picking

·                     Psittacine beak and feather disease

·                     Sarcocystis

·                     Cloacal prolapse

·                     Poisoning (from ingestion of metals)

Cage Size:

We would suggest a cage no smaller than 32 x 23 
Of course larger is better as with most birds. The Galah needs 
plenty of exercise to combat obesity so a large cage with lots of toys and stuff to climb on is preferred.

 

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