Visiting gang- gangs

Gang-gang cockatoos

Author: Donald Hobern;

Male gang-gang cockatoo.
Author: Donald Hobern;

Gang –gang cockatoos range through south eastern Australia. They spend the warmer months at higher altitudes and we see them in autumn and winter when they move downland. The male (top) has red head feathers whilst the female (see left) does not.

Gang-gang Cockatoo

Female gang-gang cockatoo -no red top feathers

This pair (below), a male (red crest) and younger male (red crest not so much in evidence), were feeding in a eucalypt in the warm June sunshine at the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve.

Shows male gang-gang cockatoo, eating in eucalypt, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Male gang-gang cockatoo, eating in eucalypt

Shows younger male gang-gang cockatoo, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Young gang-gang

Shows younger male gang-gang cockatoo, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Younger male gang-gang cockatoo

Shows gang-gang, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Gang-gang

We were alerted to their presence not by their call, which apparently sounds like a rusty gate, but by a rain of falling gumnut debris.  They looked down at us, continuing to feed, but did not oblige with a clear side view.

Shows gumnut leavings by gang-gang cockatoo pair, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Gumnut rain

Gang-gangs, Callocephalon fimbriatum, pair for life. Breeding takes place between October and January with birds often returning to the same tree each year. They’re omnivores, eating from introduced and native vegetation as well as insects.

Sources and further references

Birdlife Australia (2012) Gang-gang cockatoo http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/gang-gang-cockatoo

Hear the sound of the gang-gang – Birds of Canberra Gardens (2004) http://garden.canberrabirds.org.au/contents/birds/cockatoos/gangGangCockatoo.htm

Melbourne Museum (n.d.)Gang-gang cockatoos

http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/discoverycentre/wild/victorian-environments/alps/gang-gang-cockatoo/

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