C is for Cockatoos by girlie

C is for Cockatoos

A-Z Home Challenge.
Few things say 'home' more than our many varieties of cockatoo. I've been trying to get a good cockatoo photo for the past few days but the weather has been against me; so here's one I took a few months ago. The pink and grey Galahs are cockatoos; the others, the Rainbow Lorikeets, are parrots. Both cockatoos and parrots fly around constantly in huge flocks all over the country, feeding off bottlebrush, grevillea and other native plants. This lot were on my neighbour's front lawn having staring matches over the water bowl she'd left out for them during some very dry weather. Cockatoos mate for life and this is a pair; the one with the red eye is the female and the other her male partner. Australia has 14 species of cockatoos, 11 of which are indigenous to the country. Galahs are one of the noisiest and most commonly seen of the cockies and can act in very amusing ways, hanging upside down from one foot on telephone wires and screeching hysterically, just for the fun of it. They are endlessly entertaining. A very Australian insult is to call someone who is acting in a silly way a 'flaming galah'! When they wheel and turn in flocks they make a brilliant display of pink and grey.
Thanks Robin! This is my favorite thing about P365--seeing other parts of the world through citizens' eyes. Beautiful, although they seem too big, messy and dominating (?) to have walking around the yards. Just wondering.
October 2nd, 2010  
@ Martha: Not at all; they stay well clear of people as a rule and are no bigger than an ordinary sized pigeon, or smaller. They are colourful and amusing, and we love to have them around. They never stay in one place for any more than a few minutes. Nothing like pigeons or seagulls, which can be annoying in large numbers.
October 2nd, 2010  
What beautiful birds you have there! This is a wonderful shot of them and thanks again for the interesting information. You really have a gift for writing and photography!
October 2nd, 2010  
Beautiful shot - beautiful birds. Love your commentary...I'm learning so much about these birds. Wish they came to visit here!
October 2nd, 2010  
Very nice shot. You are fortunate to have such beautiful avian friends to brighten your sky.
October 2nd, 2010  
pretty birds!
October 2nd, 2010  
Gorgeous birdies
Flaming Galah always makes me laugh when i hear it on tv x
October 2nd, 2010  
What a treatise on our cockatoos & you've captured the lovely colourful birds wonderfully.
October 2nd, 2010  
Great shot of the cockatoos Robin and a really nice home challenge shot :)
October 2nd, 2010  
oh my! how lucky to witness this! thank you!
October 2nd, 2010  
So envious- beats are wild birds any day !
October 2nd, 2010  
WOw, so cool, nicely captured
October 2nd, 2010  
Very cool, I used to love seing & hearing them flying around
I remember going to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with my Mother & feeding the birds. Such shrieks of laughter when they landed on heads instead of the trays..
October 2nd, 2010  
I think I know a few flaming galahs! These are amazingly gorgeous birds...the cockatoos and parrots! Beautiful photo, Robin!
October 3rd, 2010  
beautiful:)
October 3rd, 2010  
Thanks everyone!
October 3rd, 2010  
They are so beautiful. Add some colors and songs to life. Thank you for the information and photo.
October 3rd, 2010  
beautyfull pic. of beautyfull births
October 3rd, 2010  
Thanks Yoella and Pyrrhula.
October 3rd, 2010  
Nice....your grass is so green. Love the contrast with the birds. :)
October 4th, 2010  
What beautiful birds to grace your neighborhood! Nicely done!!
October 4th, 2010  
Beautiful shot Robin!
October 4th, 2010  
My favourite birds! I just adore galahs they are so full of personality.
October 4th, 2010  
That's awesome...:0)
October 5th, 2010  
That's great. Pet cockatoos.
October 5th, 2010  
nice colour of cockatoos:).
October 14th, 2010  
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