Gang-gang Cockatoo - Callocephalon fimbriatum

Gang-gang Cockatoo

Callocephalon fimbriatum

Other Names: Gang-gang
Family:
Cacatuidae (Cockatoos, 14 species in Australia)
Size: 34 cm
Distribution: Withing a few hundred kilometres of the coasts of southern NSW and VIC.
Status: Common
Habitat: Open forests, move in autumn/winter to woodland, farms, suburbs
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Gang-gang Cockatoo used to be common in the Blue Mountains, but now they are rarely seen. I can remember when I was in primary school, every year several of them would eat berries from my garden. Now I hardly ever see them — the last time I saw them in the wild was on a walk at Lawson in about 2003. My bird field guide still says they are common so perhaps they are moving south due to global warming?

The male has a red head like the one shown below, the female is grey all over.

Gang-gang Cockatoo - Callocephalon fimbriatum
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2026 x 1518 )

Gang-gang Cockatoo - Callocephalon fimbriatum
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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