The galah, found throughout Australia, is the most common of the cockatoo.

Cockatoos often feature in Australian poetry, including in the poem Fire!
(Published in ‘Anna the Goanna and other poems’ by Jill McDougall & Jenny Taylor, 2000)

The poem starts like this;

‘Old Kangaroo and his mate Cockatoo
were travelling south
where the icy winds blew.

As night came around,
they found some flat ground
in the shade of a cave
where the river gums grew.’

You can learn more about the author and purchase a copy of the book here Anna the Goanna – AIATSIS Shop

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