Gang-Gang Cockatoo


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    Author: Dr. Rob Marshall –

    In the wild, the Gang Gang Cockatoo is found along the eastern coast of Australia, inhabiting dense mountain forests and open woodland regions.

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    Gang Gang Cockatoo
    Calyptorhynchus lathami
    Size: 40cm in length
    Talking Ability: Good, with crackling voice | Noise Level: High
    Lifespan: Up to 50 years
    Breeding Ability: Difficult to breed
    Courtship Display: Male spreads wings, raises head and calls female to entrance of nest.
    Number of Eggs: 2-3 eggs | Incubation: 23-25 days
    Compatibility with other species: Not recommended
    Feeding: Seed and Fruit Eaters, especially the Oak and Casuarina nuts.
    Sexing: Males have striking red heads, whilst that of the female is grey

    They are usually seen in pairs, family parties or small groups, a social characteristic that makes this bird highly demanding as a pet.

    Gang Gang Cockatoos form strong pair bonds with their owner and require a great deal of training and care to avoid the occurrence of behavioral problems.

    Feather picking as a result of boredom is a common condition seen in Gang Gangs that are deprived of the attention they require.

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      Gangs also love to chew things and should be provided with stimulus to keep them interested and entertained (please refer to “Foraging.” Gang Gangs are not considered to be a good pet bird due to their boredom related behavioural problems.

      Distribution and Habitat:

      The Gang-gang Cockatoo, Callocephalon fimbriatum, is found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly alpine bushland.

      It ranges throughout south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Like all cockatoos, Gang-gangs nest in hollow trees.

      Loss of older, hollow-bearing trees and loss of feeding habitat across south-eastern Australia through land clearing has led to a significant reduction in the numbers of this cockatoo in recent years.

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        Gang Gang Distribution Map


        Gang-gang cockatoos are one of the more distinctive and charismatic members of Australia’s avifauna.

        These birds are primarily slate-grey, with the males easily identified by their scarlet head and wispy crest, while females have a grey head and crest and feathers edged with salmon pink on the underbelly.

        They range in length from 32 to 37 cm, with a wingspan of 62 to 76 cm.

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          The call has been likened to a creaking gate or cork being pulled from a bottle.

          Gang Gang Female
          Female left - male right
          Female Gang Gang Cockatoo


          Genus: English: Helmed Cockatoos … Dutch: Helmkakatoes … German: Helmkakadus … French: Cacatoès à tête rouge

          Species: Scientific: Callocephalon fimbriatum … English: Gang-Gang Cockato … Dutch: Helmkakatoe, Roodkopkakatoe …German: Helmkakadu, Rotkopfkakadu … French: Cacatoès à tête rouge … CITES II – Endangered Species

          Distribution: South-eastern Australia, King Island, northern Tasmania

          Gang-gang Cockatoo Couple
          Gang Gang Cockatoos: Female on top - Male hanging down
          Gang Gang Cockatoo

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