male Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus roseicapillus) Also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo perched on the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Photo by Hal Brindley

Daily Creature 49: Galah

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male Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) Also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo perched on the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Photo by Hal BrindleyGalah

(Eolophus roseicapilla roseicapilla) (aka Cacatua roseicapilla)

The word “galah” has come to mean a “loud-mouthed idiot” in Australia, thanks to this parrot’s noisy and playful antics. Also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, the Galah is the most widespread cockatoo species in Australia.

I photographed this particular male Galah on top of one of the famous Pinnacles in Nambung National Park in Western Australia (see below.) How do I know it’s a male? The sexes look identical except for their eye color. The males have dark brown eyes (as you can see in the photo above) and the females have reddish pink eyes!

A male Galah, perched on the Pinnacle in Nambung National Park in Western Australia.
A male Galah, perched on the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park in Western Australia.

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