A baby galah has emerged from the nesting logs at the Ada Ryan Gardens aviaries.

He or she might look a bit scruffy and gawky now but the Ada Ryan Gardens aviary’s newest addition is still the star attraction.

A baby galah has emerged from one of the nesting logs and he’s not shy about hopping, climbing and flapping his way around the aviary while making new friends on the inside and outside.

galahHe or she has still got a few feathers to grow, so some may mistake him for being a bit poorly, but this little bird is healthy and happy with a good appetite as you can see him or her constantly putting the hard word on the parents for a feed.

The City of Whyalla parks and garden workers, who look after the aviaries, are like proud parents too. They’ve been keeping a close eye on our new arrival and they’re completely besotted.

Galahs mate for life and to see them breeding generally means they are happy and healthy in their home. These aviaries house a lot of rescue birds that may not have seen many more days if they hadn’t made their way to Ada Ryan Gardens.

The new arrival is a nice reward for the parks and gardens crews as they continue to clean the aviaries on a daily basis while also making big progress in the war on the native rats that have been sneaking into the cages.

The new traps set on the inside and outside of the aviaries are working well. The crews have reported a big increase in rats caught over the last month with, in a good sign, less being caught this month and less being seen in the cages.

The crews are also continuing to find spots where the little rodents have been getting in and they are constantly blocking up these access points too.

We’re sure there is going to be a bird expert out there that will tell us if this new galah is a boy or a girl and perhaps then we can come up with a name for him or her.

Did you know this about galahs?

* Galahs are a common bird in almost all of Australia, and are a type of parrot, specifically a cockatoo.

* Galahs have a pink and pale pink head, a pink chest and pale grey wings and back, while males have brown irises and females often having pink or red ones.

galah* ‘Galahs’ are also known as ‘rose-breasted cockatoos’, ‘galah cockatoos’, ‘rosies, ‘roseate cockatoos’  ‘Willock cockatoos’ and ‘pink and greys’.

* The scientific name for a galah is Eolophus roseicapilla and some indigenous Australians call galahs ‘gilaa’, which is where the term ‘galah’ comes from.

* Galahs grow to approximately 35 centimetres (14 inches) in length and up to 350 grams (12 ounces) in weight.

* Galahs typically lay 2 to 5 eggs in their nest, a hollow in a tree, and when chicks hatch, they leave the nest after approximately 49 days.

* The term ‘galah’ is Australian slang for ‘a fool’.

* Galahs like eating vegetation, and small seeds of plants, as well as nuts and berries and they like to grind or chew objects to keep their beak sharp.

* Galah’s can often be seen in large flocks of 500 – 1000 birds, although they only have one mating partner for life.

* Galahs generally make small chitting or loud screeching noises, and can also impersonate other sounds or voices.





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