Kuhli Galahs

To: Claire S <>
Subject: Kuhli Galahs
From: Mike Owen <>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 23:31:13 +1000
Claire S wrote:
Hi All,

Just wondering if the galah E. rosiecapillus kuhli is officially recognised as a definate subspecies?

There has been a unusual amount of interest in this subspecies by aviculturalists in the last month or two (people wanting to purchase these birds). Published works I have read list only two subspecies and either don't list the northern kuhli at all or say it is a probable but unrecognised subspecies. Anyone know of DNA or other work that has been completed or someone who can confirm the status of this subspecies?

If HANZAB is regarded as the official position then yes, kuhli is recognised as a separate subspecies. Forshaw in his latest revision of Australian Parrots (2002) also recognises kuhli as a separate subspecies. Both sources note that the three subspecies of Galah could do with some further work. I am not aware of DNA to the subspecies level with Galahs.


Mike Owen
World Parrot Trust (Australia)

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