Backyard Buddies

Photo: Allan McLean/OEH


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Galahs are bright pink and grey, friendly parrots. They grow to around 35cm and are easy to spot because of their size and colour.

These birds like to show off and fool around which is why some people are referred to as a ‘galah’ when they do something silly.

The Galah is a popular pet as they aren’t as noisy as their cousins the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, they are very friendly and can mimic words.

Most Galahs live to around 25 years in the wild but they can live as long as 80 years when kept as a pet.

Galahs are a very common buddy which means they can go unappreciated however there are many entertaining qualities in these birds.

As Galahs love eating seeds, they can become a nuisance on farms with crops. It’s important to remember that these crops are replacing their nesting trees and therefore we need to be able to share these spaces. There are plenty of harmless deterrents you can use if the Galahs are becoming a problem.

Galahs are a lovely sight to see in your local parks and gardens right across Australia.

You can make your neighbourhood friendlier for Galahs

They eat various types of seeds, leaf buds, roots, nuts, fruit and some insects.

Galahs aren’t fussy eaters but they particularly love Wattle seeds such as Acacia fimbriata and Macadamia Nut trees (Macadamia tetraphylla), so if you can plant one or two, you will be a great help to them.

Our gardens and parks can be a safe place for Galahs and will provide them with the food they need. Simple things that you do can make a huge difference to Australia’s animals. That’s why the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is running Backyard Buddies— to give you tips to help.

What is a backyard buddy?

Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, our beaches and waterways, our backyards and our parks. The Galah is a backyard buddy.

Backyard buddies are also the local people who value the living things around them, like the Galah, and are willing to protect and encourage them by doing a few simple things around their own homes.

So you can be a backyard buddy.

Be a backyard buddy

It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps.

Step one is to find out what Galahs do and do not like.

Galahs love:

Native grasses – that provide them with plenty of seeds to eat on the ground.

Big trees – that they can gossip, play and nest in.

Their partners – who they will stay with for the rest of their lives.

Tree hollows – which provide safe and secure nesting sites, beyond the reach of predators.

Wood – which they chew and strip to keep their beaks trim.

But they don’t like:

Cats and dogs – who can frighten or attack them.

Garden pesticides – which poison the birds if they eat contaminated seeds.

Be a buddy to the Galah

Try to:


Don’t be surprised if:

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