Unusual Galah behaviour

To: "'Julian B'" <>
Subject: Unusual Galah behaviour
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:34:55 +1100
Doesn't seem to me that either behaviour is unusual. One was preparing a
possible nest site, the other wiping its beak or scratching its face. 


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Julian B
Sent: Wednesday, 31 December 2014 9:08 AM
Subject: Unusual Galah behaviour

Greetings All

Yesterday Fay and I were surveying the edge of open woodland adjoining
Tarong Power Station property [South Burnett region, Queensland].  Noted a
pair of Galahs in the fork of a nearby gum.  One bird appeared to be
excavating, or at least clearing out, a small hollow about a metre up along
the left-hand branch of the fork while the other Galah, at the fork junction
itself, appeared to be rubbing its cheeks against the right-hand branch.  It
repeated this several times.  

Never having previously observed this behaviour in Galahs was wondering if
anyone could offer an explanation.



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