Galah Eyes: Ace the Cockatoo

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Coney Island, NY Pictured: Galah "Ace"

If I asked those of you who think you know our birds well, most would say this photo is of Bandit. But it's not! And I am so excited to tell all of you, or rather update all of you, on Ace and his eyes!

He has been outside here in Coney for about a week straight and takes part in the Animal Open House here. He and the rest of our galahs along with our African Grey are outside 24/7. They are out in our traveling aviary from Cages by Design and when Ace first came to us his eyes looked like a female galah's eyes - white with NO red spots around them. Bandit, however, has always had super red eyes. This happens from sunlight and natural sunshine. Their eyes are SUPPOSED to be red around them, that means they're healthy and getting lots of light. Females don't get the red around their eyes, though. It's strictly a male thing.

You can see in this photo (taken just the other day) that Ace is getting lots of red around his eyes. He hasn't quite caught up with Bandit but I think by the end of this summer he will be! Can't wait to update you all by summer's end with his new healthy results!

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.



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