Other Names: Gang-gang
Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 34 cm
Distribution: Withing a few hundred kilometres of the coasts of southern NSW and VIC.
Habitat: Open forests, move in autumn/winter to woodland, farms, suburbs
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Gang-gang Cockatoo used to be common in the Blue Mountains, but now they are rarely seen. I can remember when I was in primary school, every year several of them would eat berries from my garden. Now I hardly ever see them — the last time I saw them in the wild was on a walk at Lawson in about 2003. My bird field guide still says they are common so perhaps they are moving south due to global warming?
The male has a red head like the one shown below, the female is grey all over.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2026 x 1518 )
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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