Galahs and Acrobatics

Subject: Galahs and Acrobatics
From: Craig Williams <>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 15:39:27 +1000
Hello birders

Recently observed three Galahs perched on transmission wires during
light rain and wished I had a video at the time to catch their antics -
amusing and I've not seen the behaviour before, so am interested in
anyone's similar observations.  As the rain fell, the birds would swing
on the wires, maintaining a loose but carefully controlled grip, and
when hanging upside down from the wires they spread their wings for a
brief moment to catch some rain, then they'd swing upright again to have
a bit of a shake and shuffle of their feathers.  This was repeated quite
a few times over ten minutes or more.  The most striking thing was the
stunning synchronised acrobatic act - the three birds were swinging
(performing??) simultaneously, in what appeared to be beautifully timed
moves! This struck me as a sublime way to take a shower! 

Though this species causes a bit of bother out-competing other local
species for nesting hollows, I can't resist their charm-capacity given
the above performance and their general crazy behaviour!


Craig Williams

Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU