Help Us Save the Gang-Gang Cock­a­toos

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

There are grave con­cerns about the fu­ture of Hornsby Shire’s pop­u­la­tion of gang-gang cock­a­toos and we need the help of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Hornsby Shire Coun­cil has part­nered with Ku-ring-gai Coun­cil and the NSW Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage to cre­ate a sur­vey about the threat­ened pop­u­la­tion of cock­a­toos in the area.

“The gang-gang cock­a­toos were once wide­spread in Syd­ney, but that is no longer the case,” Hornsby Coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tist Mark Hood said.

“The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area is thought to have the last breed­ing pop­u­la­tion in the Syd­ney metropoli­tan area, which makes it very im­por­tant for us to learn more about them.”

“We have cre­ated a short sur­vey to help us fig­ure out how many there are and learn more about their move­ment pat­terns.”

Gang-gang cock­a­toos are usu­ally found in pairs or small fam­ily groups.

They for­age on eu­ca­lyp­tus trees and wat­tles in for­est and wood­land ar­eas.

The birds can be iden­ti­fied from their dis­tinc­tive call that sounds like a creak­ing rasp, they are gen­er­ally grey in colour with the males hav­ing a bright red head.

Ar­eas of in­ter­est in­clude Mal­ton Road, Copeland Road and Byles Creek where there have been pre­vi­ous sight­ings.

To com­plete the short sur­vey visit here: www.sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/gang­gang

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