Galah Cockatoo (Eolophus Roseicapillus)
The Galah, also known as the pink and grey cockatoo, is found over the entire Australian continent, they are an everyday sight for travelers. They prefer savannah and open grassland areas.
|Weight||317 – 515 gms||Eggs laid||White 2 – 5|
|Egg size||35,5 x 26,5 mm||Reproductive maturity||From 2 years|
Breeding in my Aviaries
My galahs are housed in conventional aviaries and spend a great deal of time on the ground enjoying the river sand and anything else they can find. My breeding pairs are erratic breeders and every year I threaten to put them in a carrying box, travel a few hundred kilometers and bring them back to a different aviary. I have heard of so many cases where people have battled to breed with them, sold them and within months they have bred for their new owners. They make lovely gentle talking companions, and of course, the ladies love their colour as it usually matches something in their bedrooms of whatever. But seriously, this bird can speak beautifully and except for the high price, is a perfect pet.
The birds require Saligna branches on a regular basis (in our aviaries twice a week). They strip the leaves and line their nest boxes with these leaves in a cone shape. When the eggs are laid they tend to stay in the centre of the cone shape, and also when the babies are hatched. The leaves tend to get caked with faeces when their are 2 or more babies, and I lift the babies and remove a single layer of leaves, during the raising of the babies. I also pull the babies for hand rearing when they start to pin.
The babies are ferocious feeders when hand rearing, so I have never encountered a problem raising babies that have pinned. I have had a problem raising babies from egg, so I tend to leave them with the parents.
When incubating Galah eggs, the humidity can be slightly lower that the Macaw species eggs. Always study the bird in the wild of the species you are raising and this will often give you clues as to what works in captivity.
Galahs have a tendency to gain weight very easily, so in my aviaries, they are fed a minimal amount of dry sunflower if at all. Sprouted seeds including sunflower, budgie type seeds, oats, etc are not as fattening as well as plenty of raw vegetables. See the Diet Recommendations for more information.