Lifespan: 20+ years
Weight: Up to 300g
Height: Up to 35cm
Status: Vunerable (NSW)
Gang-gangs feed mainly on the seeds of native shrubs and trees, including eucalyptus, acacias, cypress pine and introduced hawthorn species. These noisy feeders crack seed capsules open with their strong bills and bite off clusters of berries or seeds, holding them in one foot to eat.
Recognisable by their curved beaks and showy crests, cockatoos communicate using vocalisations and body language, often raising their crests in greeting, excitement or alarm.
During the hottest part of the day, gang-gangs will sit still among the branches of a eucalypt for hours, perhaps joining in mutual preening.