Saving our threatened Cockies: Gang-gang and Glossy Black-Cockatoos – September until January

These are two of our most loved parrots and their numbers are declining
rapidly. We don’t want to lose them in our region so the Atlas of Life is
asking you to help with important research.

In order to establish their main habitat areas and their habits, we are
asking people to record any Gang-gangs and Glossy Black-Cockatoos
whenever they are seen, particularly if they are regular visitors.
September and October are the best months to see them as they
explore tree hollows and look for nesting sites.

Record any sightings of these birds in the iNaturalist database. You will
need to register to add a sighting and please join our Atlas of Life
Coastal Wilderness project. Try and take a photo with whatever camera
you have with you at the time. Even if you don’t get a picture – and we
know it’s not easy – please record your sighting.
If you see them often and they appear to be going in and out of a
particular tree hollow, let us know and we will help confirm if they are
nesting. We won’t make the locations of any nests public to protect
them. Hopefully, participants will be able to observe how successful they
are in raising their chicks as other volunteers have done in the Australian
Capital Territory for 4 seasons.

We are also keen to see what they are feeding on, so if you can
photograph the Gang-gang and the tree or shrub it’s feeding in, let us
know.

See our Atlas of Life website for an update on Gang-gang nesting
research this project and how you can be a part of it.


If you have any questions, contact Atlas of Life, Libby Hepburn on
0458 798 990 or at libby@atlasoflife.org.au