Gang-gang Cockatoo

Gang-gang Cockatoo perched among leaves and small red berries

What does it look and sound 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 does it live? 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 and 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.

Scientific name: Callocephalon fimbriatum

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