Gang Gang Cockatoo

Like many cockatoos throughout Australia, the friendly and sociable gang gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) is a vulnerable (endangered) animal in NSW. Its rasping call has been compared to the sound of a cork being drawn from a bottle of wine.

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Gang gang cockatoo habitat

The gang gang cockatoo is distributed from southern Victoria through southern and central-eastern NSW. In summer, the gang gang cockatoo is generally found in tall mountain forests and woodlands, particularly in heavily timbered and mature wet sclerophyll forests. In winter, the gang gang cockatoo may occur at lower altitudes in drier, more open eucalypt forests and woodlands, and is often found in urban areas. Wherever it lives, the gang gang cockatoo favours habitat of old-growth trees for nesting and roosting.

Threats to the Gang gang cockatoo

The clearing of vegetation and degradation of the gang gang cockatoo’s habitat, fire and climate change are considered the primary threats to this cockatoo. It is also susceptible to Psittacine cirovirus disease (PCD), which is spread through contaminated nest chambers, and is known to have increased in prevalence at one breeding site in NSW.

Solutions – What can be done?

Negotiating management agreements and land covenants over important private rural properties containing gang gang cockatoo habitat is one of the recommended recovery strategies. Land owners are also advised to minimise the impact of fire on bird habitats and to protect mature nesting trees.

The Nature Conservation Trust’s conservation work on private lands is helping to protect habitat for the gang-gang cockatoo.