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Advice on Galah Cockatoo

I have attached pics of DNA Sexed Galah Cockatoo pair...I am confused about their Sub-species...I mean they r western or eastern....their age(sexually mature or not)...what would be their approx. age..male has of copper coloured ring and female silver ring...male had reddish skin on the eye skin(looks like fresh hurt) also from back its more light silverish compared to female...

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Wow, don't know much about galahs, but they are beautiful

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Wow, don't know much about galahs, but they are beautiful
Exactly what I was going to say...lol
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They look like a pair of young birds to me or a pair of males. They haven't got any grey on the pink though. Hard to tell. Not a clue about the subspecies but I will look it up later


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@parrotlet rocks...what makes u say lol????
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They look like a pair of young birds to me or a pair of males. They haven't got any grey on the pink though. Hard to tell. Not a clue about the subspecies but I will look it up later


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Dear Catalindee...Its a DNA Sexed pair...female has silver ring and male has copper coloured ring...
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@parrotlet rocks...what makes u say lol????
I laughed cuz wyrinth said exactly what I was going to say...word for word.
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I laughed cuz wyrinth said exactly what I was going to say...word for word.
ok...thanks atleast u took iniciative to see my post...
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I presume by ring you are referring to the leg identification ring. Many leg rings have information on them that will indicate when they were hatched.

As Daisy said there is no grey washing through the pink which will indicate a young bird. At around the age of 6 months the females develop a brown iris and the males stay dark.

As for their sub species, not easy to tell from those pictures. Alot depends on your camera. Western Australian Galah's are usually a much darker pink and grey to the Eastern Galah's. But they could also be hybrids of the Western and the Eastern.

The bare patch around the eye is often a different colour depending on where in the country the birds originally came from. I have one pair that has the pink bare patch and another pair that has the grey bare patch. Brain freeze, I can't think of the proper name for the bare patch, nor will it come to me the territorial differences between the different colourings. But saying that it will make no difference as to whether they can successfully breed or not. Even in the wild where their territories overlap they will inter-breed.

They do look to be healthy vibrant birds though. A very nice pair.
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Im out but will link you a good site later if nobody beats me to it x

Ps if you want to pm me or daisy (catalina) the ring numbers and state if they are vertical or horizontal then we can try and find the age.

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I presume by ring you are referring to the leg identification ring. Many leg rings have information on them that will indicate when they were hatched.

As Daisy said there is no grey washing through the pink which will indicate a young bird. At around the age of 6 months the females develop a brown iris and the males stay dark.

As for their sub species, not easy to tell from those pictures. Alot depends on your camera. Western Australian Galah's are usually a much darker pink and grey to the Eastern Galah's. But they could also be hybrids of the Western and the Eastern.

The bare patch around the eye is often a different colour depending on where in the country the birds originally came from. I have one pair that has the pink bare patch and another pair that has the grey bare patch. Brain freeze, I can't think of the proper name for the bare patch, nor will it come to me the territorial differences between the different colourings. But saying that it will make no difference as to whether they can successfully breed or not. Even in the wild where their territories overlap they will inter-breed.

They do look to be healthy vibrant birds though. A very nice pair.
Thanks Kate...I would further request you to briefly explain the differences in sub-species(colour difference & size etc)...I noticed them today the iris of female bird is light brown and male is darker...They have started going into nest and female asks feeding from male...

Would further like to know your experience on breeding them...


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Ps if you want to pm me or daisy (catalina) the ring numbers and state if they are vertical or horizontal then we can try and find the age.

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Thanks Oni...I have pm you the ring nos...


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Sorry if you have already been here but this is a great site!

http://galah.galahs.com.au/content/php/article048.php

Can you just let me know...those ring numbers you sent, were they ALL vertical or where any of the numbers sideways? And were there any little hall marks of tiny letters to show any ring make?

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There is very little difference in the colours and the sizes of the sub species. All but the Western Australian which is a much darker pink, more like a rose and a darker grey.

The fact that they are already visiting the nest and he is feeding her is a very good sign they are pretty ready. I don't know what country you are in, but it is just about spring here in Australia (1st September is the first day of spring) and our Galah's will be starting to think about nesting very shortly. And where I am it has been a very mild winter and is already spring weather so the birds are starting early. Unfortunately we have not had much rain and this can affect our breeding again this year. Weather reports are that it will be a wet summer, I just hope we don't get any severe storms like we did last year and the year before when I lost eggs due to bad thunder storms. Last year spring was extremely wet and not very hot and the birds did not go down to lay at all. But this also varies as to what part of the country you are in. But everyone around me had a really bad breeding season last year.
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I can't help much here but they are very beautiful birds.




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