Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)


French: Cacatoès à tête rouge German: Helmkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa gangang

Psittacus fimbriatus

J. Grant

, 1803,

Bass River, Victoria, Australia


Hybridization in the wild recorded between female of present species and male of Cacatua sanguinea#R. Monotypic.


SE Australia from Great Dividing Range to coast: from Hunter R, in N New South Wales (occasionally N to Dorrigo), S to extreme S of South Australia–Victoria border (mainly along Glenelg R).

Introduced to Kangaroo I (South Australia).

Descriptive notes

32–37 cm; 280 g. Male has general plumage grey, with head and crest orange-red; feathers of upperparts edged with white, and of underparts with yellow; wings and tail... read more


Utters soft growls while feeding and a very distinctive, upward-inflected, prolonged, croaking... read more


Wooded coastal plain, tablelands and mountain forests, especially of Eucalyptus (but also... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, fruits and berries from a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, including Eucalyptus, green acacia and Pyracantha... read more


Nests Oct–Jan. Nest is a hollow very high (c. 20 m) in a subalpine forest eucalypt, either dead or alive, but usually close to water... read more


Altitudinal migrant, nesting high in mountain forests, but wintering (Apr–Sept) on the... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common, and population appears secure; indeed, appears to be becoming increasingly common due to overwintering in suburban... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 October 2019).