Rosebreasted cockatoos (called Galahs in
Australia) are found throughout the entire Australian continent usually in
small groups or larger flocks in the Australian savannas and open grasslands.
They rarely seek food in trees, which are used, for resting and sleeping. They
prefer to feed on the ground generally in cultivated areas searching for
cereal grains, green shoots, weed seeds, and occasional insects and larvae.
The Galah breeding season is largely determined by climatic conditions. The
onset of rain and warmer spring weather initiates breeding activity in
Oklahoma, usually beginning in March and lasting through late May and early
As the breeding mood intensifies both male and female prepare the nest by
carrying small branches with leaves into the nesting box. The green branches
and leaves are important in providing for a sufficient level of humidity for
the successful incubation of the eggs. The clutch, which consists of 3 to 5
eggs, is incubated by both the male and female and lasts about 18-22 days. The
young birds normally leave the nest at about 6 weeks, and are usually fully
weaned at 12 weeks of age.
The galah is a very gregarious
cockatoo and prefers the company of others. At Oakhill Center we have several
birds that are kept in a communal aviary allowing them to flock.
Other Galah photos
from our collection