I don’t see gang-gangs often because they prefer the northern suburbs of Canberra. They’re also part-year residents that leave in the spring to breed in the surrounding mountain ranges. When I do see them, I’m always struck by their sociable personality.
They’re usually found in pairs or small groups. The females are grey, and the males have a red crest. The female and male birds form close monogamous couples.
The name “gang-gang” comes from the language of either the Ngunnawal or Wiradjuri indigenous people. The name may be onomatopoeic, since their call is raspy with a rising inflection, similar to a creaking hinge.
Gang-gang cockatoos are so likeable and distinctive that they have become the animal emblem for the Australian Capital Territory, where I live. Both the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Canberra Ornithologists Group include gang-gangs in their logos.