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That's not a galah in the pic eating peppercorns, that's a female gang-gang cockatoo.

You're quite right. That is not a Galah. I would suggest the photo be removed from this page. Kiwifruitboi 28 June 2005 08:57 (UTC)
Has it been removed?

Apart from feather colours, the galah cockatoo and the goffin's cockatoo (a white cockatoo) are physically very similar occording to my own observations of pet birds. Is DNA data of the goffin's cockatoo available for comparison?

- In response the question about Goffin's Cockatoo (Tanimbar Corella) - they are not closely related, belonging to different genus. There have been a number of DNA comparison studies such as [one]. --Owheelj (talk) 02:17, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

The images look great on this article. But they break the flow of the page badly. If they are moved to the bottom of the page, it might make things a bit better? - Kiwifruitboi 02:01, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

It would be good to have a close-up picture showing the bird from head to toe in the tax box. Snowman 13:07, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Agreed. There did used to be a full-length picture of the bird but IIRC it was deleted as a copyvio. If anyone has a photo they wouldn't mind releasing (a pet bird would suffice), that would be very cool... --Kurt Shaped Box 13:34, 13 July 2006 (UTC)


I've seen more than enough joke recipes along the lines of "throw galah in pot, add rocks, boil until rocks are soft, eat galah" (or occasionally "discard galah, eat rocks") to wonder if this deserves a mention. Kinitawowi 10:49, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Propably not, though I will say from experience that there is truth in the joke - Galahs do not exactly make a great meal. Kangaroo, on the other hand...... Churba 13:25, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Hay echidna tasts better than kangaroo, havn't tried Galah yet though. Enlil Ninlil 05:54, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Echidna's do not have a enough meat(if any) to be considered a meal or treat, it's meat is as foul as to eating a Skunk or Weasel, same for wombat's/Tazzy Devils/Bilbys(although taste was compared to rats) and most Native Australian animals are known to taste bad, the dingo taste better(then again, its been known for ages, a Canidae can make a fine meal),, read about the settlers,, you dont think they went with out food during a "dry season" do you, NO, lol, they documented what was edible and what wasnt and what tastede good and what tasted bad,, there's a Reason why the Emu and the Kangaroo are our main specialist meats, Emu's make great burgers/there eggs make awesome omelettes, and kangaroo is a very rich source for protein/iron etc.,, and both can be found in your everyday supermarket, eating a Galah is much like eating a meat pidgeon, not my thing/taste, i know this, cus i grew up on a farm and now live city life. (talk) 05:31, 5 October 2012 (UTC)


Is there a reason the name is capitalised? Lomaprieta 12:15, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Recent copyedit changed to British spelling, as 1) it's an article about an Australian animal, and 2) the first edit to use a word spelled differently between the UK and the US (recognise) used the British version. I also went ahead and removed the capitalisation. Lomaprieta 01:11, 29 September 2006 (UTC)


Reassessed Ozproject - seems closer to the wikibird's rating than a start article. jimfbleak 13:40, 24 November 2006 (UTC)


"Galahs although thought to be foolish by nature are actually quite resourceful. Galah Cockatoos have been known to roost in trees near railways and place small pebbles on the rails and wait for the trains. When the train passes the small pebbles cause the cars to jump (but not disrail); when this occurs grain spills from the overflowing boxcars. When the train has passed, the Galahs go back down to the railway line to eat the grain." FAAAAAAAAAA sum birds r smart! TeePee-20.7 04:47, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

Considering the weight of the train carriage I would like to see some sources, as I doubt this to be true. Wouldn't the rock be flicked out as the wheel runs over it? Enlil Ninlil (talk) 06:48, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
One of the top 3 smartest creatures in the world is the Common crow. well known fact,, so these birds "being smart" is no surprise, considering how little our wildlife is properly documented, but hey, lets all make Lion documentrys wich always involve the same information (talk) 05:35, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Scientific name[edit]

It is Eolophus roseicapilla or Eolophus roseicapillus? Snowman (talk) 13:09, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Also no mention of being known as 'pink and greys' or 'pink and grey galah'Daemonllama78 (talk) 10:29, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, Google says that quite a few people call them by that name. I'll add it in to the article... --Kurt Shaped Box (talk) 11:56, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

No-one in Australia calls them "pink and greys" or "pink and grey galahs". They are just "galahs". The descriptor nomenclature may derive from more pedantic earlier writers. It's not as if there were any other colours of galahs! Ptilinopus (talk) 22:02, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Price Range[edit]

Does anyone know the price range of these birds? I saw that some other bird species have a general price range listed, and could not find much information on this specific one. Does anyone know? It might help a potential buyer know the fair prices and prevent them from being overcharged. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:48, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

The price probably varies depending on the country. No animals can be exported from Australia. Snowman (talk) 00:04, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Galah sales & value[edit]

As with any item. A Galah is only worth what someone is willing to pay. In Australia they are known foremost as a pest and are often shot in droves as they destroy crops. It may be the Americans are the "galah's" of the world as in American this coveted cockatoo is sold anywhere from $600 - $2000 per bird. The younger the bird the cheaper the bird, the older the bird, the higher the cost. Most exotic birds are not sold prior to weaning. If sold prior to weaning the galah must be fed out with bird formula using a syringe, while increasing the cc's every few days as they grow. In about 12 weeks they should be weaned off onto solid pellets for a healthier life. As they put on weight, fat deposits are made under their skin, shortening their life span. Galah's are prone to being overweight and seeds should be kept to a minimum. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:06, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Derogatory Term[edit]

The use of "galah" to refer to someone as a fool, may derive from the fact the when there is a flock feeding on a road (a common occurrence in outback Australia during harvest time when grain may sprinkle the road from passing trucks), a vehicle approaching will almost invariably hit one or more as the flock takes wing. They are commonly thought too stupid to get out of the way. The phenomenon may rather relate to an instinctive inhibition to interfere with the next bird's wing space... Ptilinopus (talk) 22:11, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Do they talk?[edit]

I see in the categories at the bottom that they're listed as talking birds, but the article itself makes no mention of this. Koro Neil (talk) 01:04, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Reclassification of Pink and Grays[edit]

Heads up new classification of species into Western, Eastern and Norther Species --

  • Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla -- Western species based on holotype collected by Baudin
    • Eolophus roseicapilla assimilis -- not in use, reserved for potential use should differences in the Western Species be found
  • Eolophus roseicapilla albiceps -- Eastern Species based on holotype held by CSIRO

no detail on the northern species in the source article , though it acknowledges there is a third group Gnangarra 04:00, 24 September 2016 (UTC)