Day of the Gang-gang (1)

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Subject: Day of the Gang-gang (1)
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:03:22 +1100

Yesterday each time I looked there was at least one gang-gang in the street tree over the road – an ironbark.  They were feeding on seed capsules.  However there was a certain amount of coming and going making it something of a challenge to keep track of the individuals.  There was one pair of adults, showing their paired status by occasional cross-preening.  The male showed a trace of red on the underparts (arrow).  HANZAB says this is possibly an indication of a younger adult male, not present in older birds.  The head of the adult female (G2) with its bushy crest is shown in the detail.  There was one appearance by a smaller bird with a wholly grey head  -  G3.  This is probably a juvenile female going by size (I haven’t shown the shortish tail), the bristly crest and the general look of it.    



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