from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Australian cockatoo (Cacatua roseicapilla) having pale blue-gray plumage and a pink breast.
  • n. Australian A fool; an idiot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pink and grey species of cockatoo, Eolophus roseicapilla, native to Australia.
  • n. A fool, an idiot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose hair is shaven, namely, a Roman Catholic priest. The term is now applied by Jews to all Gentile clergymen.
  • n. The Australian rose-breasted cockatoo, Cacatua roseicapilla.


Yuwaalaraay (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) gilaa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Gamilaraay gilaa. (Wiktionary)



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  • In Australian lingo "galah" is also often adopted as a mock pronunciation for gala, which we would otherwise pronounce GAH-luh. (We never say GAY-luh.)

    April 10, 2008

  • That's precisely the photo I was linking to--fixed now, I hope. Thanks.

    Same here with "coot," though it usually implies that one is old, too.

    December 5, 2007

  • I got 404 on that link. Must have left too much seed out to attract that many galahs.

    Umm, this worked:

    The other bird = idiot word we have is coot.

    December 5, 2007

  • They are wonderful birds. I guess calling someone a galah is similar to calling someone a goose. :-)

    December 5, 2007

  • I like these a lot. These birds are very pretty, as well as being sociable and funny. In Australian slang galah can also mean a daft person.

    December 5, 2007

  • An Australian cockatoo.

    December 5, 2007