Galah Cockatoo (draw a bird day)

galah–
colorful clowns,
a loud mouthed gathering
of white crested coral–
life indwelling
wild, full

A Badger’s hexastitch for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday and Draw a Bird Day.

Galah cockatoos are native to Australia, where they live in large flocks on open grasslands feeding on seeds, berries and insects. But they also can be seen in urban settings, where their raucous calls and adaptations to human habitation are often considered nuisances. The word galah means fool or clown in the Aboriginal language of Yuwaalaraay and is used as such as a derogatory term in Australia (or so the internet tells me…any Australians reading this can confirm or deny)

Cockatoos are highly social and intelligent, and are bred and sold as pets. But these very traits make them not only very high maintenance, but possibly destructive and dangerous. I’ve written about this before–these animals should not be confined and separated from the flocks that are their natural social groups.

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44 responses to “Galah Cockatoo (draw a bird day)”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Love it. I’ll never forget these raucous clowns from when staying in a camper van near Sydney. Such noise!

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  2. Ingrid says :

    Stunning artwork. I agree that these beautiful birds should be free and happy in their natural environment!

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  3. msjadeli says :

    Beautiful art, Kerfe! From watching youtubes of parrots, cockatoos, etc, I have to agree that they go more than a little balmy when confined by humans. Especially creatures that meant to fly and are gregarious, to put them in what amounts to solitary confinement is just cruel. And they live a long time!

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  4. jazzytower says :

    A good one! I like the artwork, that’s a cool color for a bird. Very informative.

    Pat

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  5. lynn__ says :

    Beautiful art, K! Many things are best left in the wild…

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  6. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Awesome artwork dear Marta.

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  7. melaniereynolds says :

    And of course I must say it in bird voice, “Pretty bird!” Ha,ha,ha.

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Brilliant poetry and lessons about the cockatoos. Why do humans think we must trap and keep animals and birds in captivity? I’m with you, Kerfe. These birds should be allowed to live in the wild—not become a pet in someone’s house. I’ll get down off my soapbox now. ❤

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    I forgot to tell you how much I love your artwork! The colors are brilliant! ❤

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  10. Jacob says :

    Those dazzling colours, what an eye-catcher! I agree they probably shouldn’t be kept as pets.

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  11. davisbrotherlylove says :

    All are great, K! I particularly like the ink (pencil?) lines in the third piece.
    j

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  12. robertawrites235681907 says :

    These are really good pictures, Kerfe. Beautiful birds.

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  13. merrildsmith says :

    Wonderful drawing and poem, Kerfe. I don’t like to see any birds caged.

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  14. wolfsrosebud says :

    Lovely post. It has so much artistic creativity. The eye on that first stretch is wonderful.

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  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful artwork, Kerfe. You capture their personalities so well! And a lovely poem to accompany them. I wouldn’t mind a few of these clowns in my trees. A whole flock! 🙂

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  16. Elizabeth says :

    Beautiful bird, your paintings are lovely!

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  17. Vashti Q says :

    Beautiful “Colorful Clowns,” Kerfe! Your paintings are gorgeous. Thank you for speaking out and creating awareness about these amazing birds. Brilliant poem! ❤

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