Rosebreasted Cockatoo
(Eolophus roseicapillus)

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 June.

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


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