12 Comments »6th December, 2008; Category: Bird baths, Garden birds, Parrots and Lorikeets
We have a great variety of birds in our garden and on our five acre property. Some of these birds are resident breeding species, others are regular visitors while some are only occasional visitors.
Galahs are regular visitors, either flying over in flocks ranging from less than a dozen through as large as three or four hundred at a time. Sometimes one of these large flocks will land in the large tree near our driveway; their screeching can be a little noisy at times.
A few days ago the individual shown in the photo above decided to investigate our bird bath. He was very hestitant about the whole affair, and flew off wthout drinking. I’m pleased he decided to stay long enough to get a nice photo.
They really are a stunning bird, which we Aussies take for granted, until we hear an overseas birdo’s reaction to them. However, they have either been introduced here in Tassie, or had otherwise low natural numbers boosted by aviary escapees, and well-meaning locals feeding them, to the point where they have becoe quite numerous here -and quite a pest! They have taken to digging up grass roots and bulblets in our lawn, making quite a mess. I’m no great fan, just at the moment!
Thanks for stopping by yet again John.
that is such a pretty bird i have a baby galah it loves its baths and showers. i am so glad that us assie have so many lovely things can you give me some tips for careing about baby galahs so i can be better a carin g for pink (my baby galah)
Thank you for visiting my blog about Australian birds, Chloe. It is great that you love our birds too. I do not have many ideas or experience in looking after birds so I cannot really help you much.
If you go to your local bookshop or library I am sure you will find several good books on how to care for your pet.
we founf baby Galah has feathers but not sure what to feed?
Thanks for your question Marie, but I don’t have any skills in caring for orphaned birds.
You can get more information in an article I wrote here:
This article has links to many sites where you can get information and help.
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thanks anyway i will go and have a look
pink (my baby galah) is getting a bit older than last time but she kepps bitteing everyone
Hi, we have had a Galah for twelve months and we are considering getting it a companion. Is it better have two galahs to keep each other company.
I was just googling for information on what to feed a baby Galah and found you. I found a little Galah this morning. He is fully feathered and looks healthy. He has a bit of blood on one wing so I’m guessing a cat or a car has had a go at him. Im just wondering what i should be feeding him. We have given him a couple of tiny bits of fruit and a bit of wet wholmeal bread. but I dont want to kill him with knidness. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Dean.
Hi there Greg – sorry about the delay in replying. I’ve been frantically busy finishing off my Masters degree in recent weeks.
Galahs are quite happy alone as pets and can bond very nicely with us humans. They are, by nature, gregarious and love the company of other Galahs. If you decide to get another one that will be fine – though two will be noisier than one! If you care for them properly (check your local pet shop for advice) you might have these wonderful pets for many years – perhaps 20 or more.
Hi there Den,
Thanks for you email and questions.
I’m not at all experienced at caring for injured or orphaned birds. You can read more about what to do here:
Try to contact your local wildlife carer or vet clinic (see phone directory) for advice.
In the meantime, I think that the fruit is fine if chopped up small – preferably mashed. Sunflower seeds mashed up and moistened with warm water would be good as would a cereal like weetbix – baby cereal even better.
Please don’t give bread as this contains things not good for baby birds (any birds for that matter) and has no nutritional value for birds. Milk is also a no-no.