Gang-gang Cockatoo

A male Gang-gang Cockatoo sitting in a Hawthorn tree


A female Gang-gang Cockatoo grasping Hawthorn berries in its left foot


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Scientific Name: Callocephalon fimbriatum

Size: 32 to 37 cm

What does it look like?

The Gang-gang Cockatoo can be identified by its general grey plumage, each feather edged with greyish-white, and its short, square tail. The male has a conspicuous red, curly crest. The common call is a prolonged creaky screech. 

Where is it found?

The Gang-gang Cockatoo is found throughout south-eastern mainland Australia and northern Tasmania, being common in certain areas, but less numerous towards the boundaries of its range. It has an annual migration, moving to higher altitudes in summer. 

What are its habitats & habits?

It inhabits the eucalypt forests, where it is almost completely arboreal, venturing to the ground only to drink or to pick up fallen food. It is easily overlooked when feeding.  Interesting fact: The state bird emblem of the ACT. 

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