In spring and summer, Gang-gangs live and breed in the tall old-growth forests of the Otway Ranges, and visit the lower, more open hinterland in autumn and winter. Travelling in small flocks, they are conspicuous in their unhurried, meandering, and undulating flight, and their creaking call. They are probably still very similar in overall appearance to how the earliest cockatoos would have looked.
Feeding in trees, often on eucalypt and acacia seeds, they make another, softer, growling sound, allowing humans to approach very near. The beautiful red of the male's head does not develop until maturity. Females lay 2 or 3 white eggs in a tree hollow. Loss of older, hollow-bearing trees and land clearing are threats.
Size: 33 - 36 cm
Photo: Mark Trinham. Illustration: Mark Trinham.