gang gangs

To: "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: gang gangs
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:01:40 +1000
Why are gang gangs naturally tame? What a curious question. At the times
I have seen Glossy Black-Cockatoos feeding I have thought the same of
them. It may be part of their mentality but that would seem odd. It is
hard to think that the mentality of the different cockatoos would vary
much. I think it more likely to be connected to their food. Feeding on
relatively restricted food source, they are probably both a bit
reluctant to move off their feeding tree. It may also be that their food
could be low in energy and so they don't have much energy to waste. It
may be that by spending most time in the trees and being dark coloured
and so less obvious, they feel less vulnerable to predators than parrots
and cockatoos that feed on the ground. Ground feeding cockatoos tend to
have big areas of food so it is easier for them to move and return and
not lose their place. 

These are not answers, just ideas. 


-----Original Message-----From: Elizabeth Compston
 Sent: Friday, 27 May 2011
9:42 AM
To: Canberra Birds      Subject: [canberrabirds] gang gangs 

Gang gangs are still coming to our feeder and liquidambar.  Galahs
hassled them this morning and drove them from the feeder;but they came
back,  Adult male feeding young male.

Wy are gang gangs naturally tame? ie not tamed by being fed by humans,
or being more used to humans. You can go to within a metre of them and
they just look at you.  So they can easily be caught.

Sadly, I don't expect that these birds will stay around here till June
5th, for the survey,between 11am and noon

Where else are gang gangs staying around?

What time did you bring your friends around on Tuesday, Geoffrey?  The
gang gangs were around for most of the day.  You must have had a very
small window of time.

The gang gang must stay on the ACT logo.


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