Galah Ring-barking and destroying trees!

To: "warragal" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Galah Ring-barking and destroying trees!
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 21:03:34 +1030
We have had a number of galahs near our house over the last 3 years that have ringbarked the largest mallee tree on our 5 acre block. They did it just below a hollow they had been investigating and enlarging. No evidence of nesting in the hollow though.
This has resulted in the top two thirds of the tree dying; it is now sprouting profusely from below the ring bark. It was is a shame to see this tree with many dead limbs as this was probably our oldest tree too; from the size of the trunk and the base it must be 60 - 80 years old (maybe more).
Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Aust
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