Silly Galah!


I’m not sure why the Galah, also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, is on the receiving end of this saying.  Apparently, it’s an “Old Australian” word: a derogatory term that means a ‘loud-mouthed idiot’, specifically appointed to the galah because it makes a distinctive, noisy call.  I don’t know about you, but to my ear, all cockatoos are raucous, noisy birds and none of them possess a melodic birdsong.

“You silly galah!” is now usually used affectionately when somebody does something daft.  It is also a saying used for gaudy dress apparently because of the bird’s distinctive bright pink.  To make a proper galah on oneself is to make a complete fool of oneself.  I’m not sure why Galahs have been considered more foolish than other cockatoos. These cockatoos’ behaviour raises some questions.

cockatoo and cat
Not a good idea to wake a sleeping cat 

Nevertheless, this week I went on a Galah painting spree.

A chirpy-looking Galah
A serious Galah with serious head plumage

The word galah comes from Yuwaalaraay and related Aboriginal languages of northern New South Wales. It is one of the most abundant and widespread cockatoo species. They are plentiful here in Tasmania.  I most often see them on the ground, eating grass and insects.

My favourite 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Cheers, from Pj Paintings


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