Gang Gang Cockatoo


scientific name

Callocephalon fimbriatum

conservation status

Least Concern


Gang-gang Cockatoos feed mainly on seeds of native and introduced trees and shrubs, with a preference for eucalypts, wattles and introduced hawthorns. They will also eat berries, fruits, nuts and insects and their larvae.


Found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly alpine bushland.

The Gang-Gang Cockatoo belongs to the genus Callophalon which means “beautiful headed”. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male sporting a red head and the female being grey all over. This cockatoo can live up to 50 years and are found in the south-east corner of Australia; with a very restricted range including south-east Victoria and New South Wales (including ACT). The Galah is considered to be the Gang-Gang Cockatoos’ closest living relative.