Bark stripping by a Galah?

To: "'Alan Thomas'" <>, <>
Subject: Bark stripping by a Galah?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 17:50:59 +1000
Forshaw's Aust Parrots book mentions this behaviour (in a way that suggests it is typical) but not the amount of bark that is stripped. I have seen Galahs stripping bark around the entrance to a tree hollow nest site. But I have never seen it as anything like as extensive as that (I would think about 10 cm is typical). But that is just me......... Maybe this is a very enthusiastic Galah. It sure looks like some bird or other animal has done it.
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From: Alan Thomas [
Sent: Monday, 6 August 2012 4:16 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bark stripping by a Galah?

I noticed significant stripping of the bark of an Argyle Apple in Haig Park opposite the entrance to the O'Connell Hall at Merici College on the weekend.  I have attached some photos showing the extent of the stripping.  A galah was busy chewing away at the bark at the time.  Would a galah (s) be responsible for such extensive bark stripping?  The galah was near a nest hollow at the time.

Alan Thomas
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