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#ThreatenedThursday: Gang-gang Cockatoo

#ThreatenedThursday: Gang-gang Cockatoo

March 17, 2022


SPECIES: Callocephalon fimbriatum — Gang-gang Cockatoo

CLASSIFICATION: Endangered


The Gang-gang Cockatoo is notably the faunal emblem of the ACT. It’s a native parrot, mostly grey in colour, found in the cooler, wetter forest and woodland regions of south-eastern Australia. The males have the most goregous wispy red crest on their heads. They have quite a distinctive call. Distinctively resembling a creaking gate or the sound of a cork being pulled from a wine bottle. Really!


Unlike most other cockatoo species, the Gang-gang nests in solid trees or in the tree canopy. And so their population is most at threat from clearing of trees and loss of their habitat.


Photo: Luke Fabish