Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 63 - Gang Gang Cockatoo

The Gang Gang Cockatoo is one of my favourite birds.

If flight it's wings seem to pulse rather than flap in a regular way, with a pause or a hitch in each flap.  I hear them far more often than I see them, and their rusty gate creak of a voice is both far carrying and distinctive. This species is only found in the SE corner of Australia, through parts of New South Wales and Victoria.

When I do manage to see these birds they are a wonderful example of how to look good without having to be flambouant  - the grey feathers with the pale edges and the males bright red / pink head are as good looking as any other bird.

The name Gang Gang is thought to be of Aboriginal Origin and the scientific name (Calloephalon fimbriatum) refers to the fringe of feather on the birds head.  At about 35 cm long its not a big bird - but it is a good one.

The first two images here are of a rather coy female, and the third is a scan of an old slide. (Remember them!)

Gang Gang Cockatoo

Gang Gang Cockatoo

Male Gang Gang Cockatoo
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49 comments:

Andrew Fulton said...

What a beautiful bird Stewart...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Haha, and yes, I remember.
These birds are quite handsome/beautiful as well. I am not certain if we house them in our zoo...huge sigh, or not, yet next time, I travel there, I will have a good look-see~

TexWisGirl said...

really neat feather trims. almost look like fish scales. thanks for sharing this unique bird, and thanks, always, for hosting WBW!

Carletta said...

Indeed, what a beautiful feather pattern!

Andrea said...

I'm glad you explained the "Gang Gang" because at first I thought your computer had stuttered. Everything about Australia is unique and maybe a lot of it is because of the long history of the Aborigines ... whatever it is, I love it.

These are beautiful birds. I like the simplicity of the coloring on the female and a red headed male, well what can I say ... Aren't all redheads handsome? Fun post Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Timur said...

Hello Stewart... these are very nice photos...my favorite is the last one !

Greetings

Fun60 said...

Love the photo of the 'shy' one.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow the Gang Gang Cockatoo is quite a beautiful bird indeed. Loveley captures Stewart.

Brian King said...

This is a first for me. I've never even heard of this one until now. Very handsome bird! And, yes, I remember slides. Unfortunately! LOL!

Haddock said...

The coy female look is so cute. And they look so majestic.

Chris Rohrer said...

This is one unique looking bird. I've never seen(or heard) of this bird before. Wonderfully captured on camera.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of beautiful bird.

Karen said...

Great captures of this handsome bird.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful feathers -- and love that spot of color on the male's head.

stiefbeen said...

Je hebt ze heel mooi te pakken Stewart,klasse.

EG CameraGirl said...

The female really does appear to be coy, doesn't she? ;)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The patterns on the feathers are very beautiful.

Findlay Wilde said...

Harley used to call grandma Gang Gang when he was really little because he couldn't say Grandma. She doesn't look like this lovely bird though. From Findlay

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

So pretty! And unusual. The scalloped design to the back feathers are unique and attractive. Nice!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

wow the female and the male are so different...yes remember when we used film and slides! I like the name gang gang!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, wonderful captures of your Cockatoo. The female does look a little on the shy side. And the male is pretty with its colorful head. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What a pretty pattern with the feather colors/markings!!!

Terri Buster said...

Very pretty bird- she looks so shy.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful birds! I'm intrigued.

DeniseinVA said...

I've never heard of the Gang Gang Cockatoo before. He is a beauty!

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! That is a cool looking bird, Stewart!

Misty DawnS said...

What an awesome bird!

Christian Perrin said...

I've always wanted to see this bird. I used to live in the Illawarra and assumed it would happen, but it never did. I'll live vicariously through your post! :)

Kusum Sanu said...

What a beautiful bird! Seeing in the wild must be amazing! I have seen similar ones as pets. But, see them in small cages is very sad.

Arija said...

Love 'em. Skiing on Mt.BawBaw we often had them outside our bedroom window in winter. I have also been fortunate to see them near the Glenelg river in the south east.

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Great photos of this beautiful bird.
Greetings Irma

Dave said...

your right, they do look good without be overly flamboyant, lovely species and a new one to me

Kerri Farley said...

Oh what a unique bird! LOVE those feathers!! I had never heard of this bird before. You are always educating us!! Thanks for hosting this every week too!!

Lea said...

Beautiful bird!
Thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Babs Helferich said...

Hello :)
these are beautiful photos. :)
regards Babs

Montanagirl said...

Hi Stewart - I think I was prompted to say I was intrigued by the fact that in parentheses you wrote (Remember them!)....which I took to mean that there was more to follow about those birds.

Nick V. said...

Striking bird!
Thanks for hosting.

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart... Amazing pattern of the feathers,and the turn of the head to that lovely pinkish red!!
Odd name : )

Grace

Small City Scenes said...

Such a demur looking female and a randy looking male. Ah such is the world. LOL! MB

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful bird!

mick said...

Great photos of the Gang gangs. That's another one I'd love to see and photograph.

DIMI said...

What a beautiful bird Stewart!!!
Great shots!!!!
Dimi...

Larry said...

Hi Stewart, Sorry I haven't been around much and I must apologize to all the bloggers for not having time to visit their blogs either. I've been so busy with the Wildlife Conservation Stamp and other matters I haven't written many posts either.

I love the cool pattern on the back of these Gang Gang Cockatoos! A very cool name for a bird too!

Ercotravels said...

Beautiful bird, Stewart!
Regards
my new post about an amazing land "Gulmarg- A Heaven of Kashmir Valley"

Vineeta Yashswi said...

This bird is new for me... Thanks for shearing this here Stewart...

Linda said...

Lovely bird!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Like layers of shell patterns on the feathers. Unusual colouring. Love the name "gang gang".

Pat Tillett said...

Nice Stewart! I love the colors and designs on the feathers. You have some great birds. I wish they were around here.

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Interesting bird with an unusual name.