One of my favourite Australian birds is the Galah. I think its colouring of pink and grey is a very elegant one and I might just have to paint some. Its voice is not elegant though, more of a high pitched screech. I love hearing that screech though, I rush around looking for the flock. Sometimes it’s just on the nature strip, other times in the local park.
It’s an intelligent, long living bird that can be taught to mimic human speech. My great aunt had one as a pet, that lived to be eighty years old, it had a few different phrases from memory. These though, are living free. I found a flock of about twenty of them in our local park. Can you see how dry the grass is? That’s because I took these photographs in January during our Australian summer. Grass is not green in Melbourne in summer, more like dried straw really.
“Galah”, was commonly used as derogatory Australian slang for ‘fool’ in earlier generations, or even “flamin’ Galah” for someone really silly! But not so much these days, luckily for this beautiful bird.