(This post may contain affiliate links. For more info visit our Privacy page.)

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.

More Stories
male Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii) near San Antonio, New Mexico, USA. Photo by Hal Brindley
Daily Creature 51: Gambel’s Quail