Australian Animals
and Birds

Some True Facts
about the

- Galah -

Galahs are pink and grey coloured parrots. Sometimes they will gather together to be in flocks of a hundred or more, and will fly long distances to find good feeding grounds.

They make their nests in hollows in trees and originally were mainly found in the drier central parts of Australia. However, since Europeans came to the country, they have now spread to most other areas, and you can often see flocks on playing-fields and golf courses. They generally prefer fairly open places where they can strut on the ground tolook for seeds, fruits, roots and buds to eat.

When flock numbers are huge they can do a lot of damage as a group when they descend to eat a farmer's crop of wheat or sunflower seeds.

Galahs are usually thought of as being playful birds and seem to enjoy doing spins and aerobatics when flying, and hanging upside down when they land in trees or on wires.

A galah, in Australian slang, means a foolish person.

The word galah, for the bird, is a cross between the Aboriginal names of gulah, gillar and galar.

Flocks of galahs are noisy, with the birds' constant calling. In Australia, people often call it a 'galah session' when people keep talking for a long time. The term was first used for a number of people from remote farms gossiping over the outback radio network at a time specially organized for private conversations. Now, however, at a lengthy meeting someone might say to a friend, "I think this galah session will go on all night!"