The most widespread of all cockatoos in Australia is the Galah Eolophus roseicapillus and we have them here in Broome, though we don’t always see them in town. They are incredibly pink fronted with grey wings and you really appreciate the brightness of the pink when you see them alongside the more subtle Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. The Galah varies in colour throughout Australia and the birds we have around Broome are much paler than the birds we observed in Queensland earlier this year. They are seed eaters and they are often observed on the ground eating seeds and will use their claws to pull down seed heads. In flight they often tilt, so you observe the pink of their fronts and then the grey of their wings. Invariably they will be vocal as they fly around in large flocks and even as they roost they will be vocal rather than discreet!

Around Broome the Galahs will gather in trees near ephemeral lakes and then move on together as a flock.

Broome Galahs

Galahs near Broome

In Queensland the birds are much pinker as demonstrated in the bird photographed below preening itself.

Queensland Galah

Queensland Galah (2)

Queensland Galah (3)

Galah in Charleville, Queensland

In Karratha, in the north of Western Australia, the birds are also paler pink and are often found beside the road eating seeds.

Karratha Galahs (2)

Karratha Galahs (3)

Karratha Galahs (4)

Karratha Galahs (5)

Karratha Galahs (6)

Karratha Galahs (7)

Galahs near Karratha

Most people in Australia have heard the words “You silly Galah” and it basically implies that you are a bit of a fool! These birds do appear to act a bit foolish and we have seen them swinging on wires. On one occasion some children were deprived of their education in the bush for some time thanks to the antics of some Galahs swinging on the School of the Air communication cable!

Now, if you like pink birds and you want more then you need to go back to our Pink Bird Weekend where we promoted our pink feathered friends!


Written by Clare M
Clare and her husband, Grant, have lived permanently in Broome, Western Australia since 1999 after living in various outback locations around Western Australia and Darwin. She has lived in the Middle East and the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. She monitors Pied Oystercatchers breeding along a 23km stretch of Broome's coastline by bicycle and on foot. She chooses not to participate in social media, but rather wander off into the bush for peace and tranquility. Thankfully she can write posts in advance and get away from technology!