General Description

Male body grey with the edge of feathers lighter green-grey, head orange-red with a small floppy red crest. Female has a dark grey head and crest with bars on the chest. Body up to 35 cm long. Their call is a distinctive screech that sounds similar to the creaking sound of an opening door.

Biology

Gang-gang Cockatoos pair for life. They nest in deep hollows in trees and pairs will usually return to the same tree every year. They begin breeding at four years old and breed between October and January. Females lay up to three eggs and both parents will incubate and rear the young. Gang-gangs are gregarious social birds and several pairs will often nest close together. The young often congregate while the parents are out foraging for food. Gang-gangs migrate seasonally, spending summer in high-altitude areas, generally tall mountain forests and woodlands, and winter in warmer lowland areas, such as open eucalypt forests and woodlands. They are sometimes also seen in urban areas in the winter.

Distribution

South-eastern mainland Australia.

Habitat

Wet forests and woodlands in mountain areas, occasionally in urban areas.

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