Help Us Save the Gang-Gang Cockatoos

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