Gang-gang Cockatoo RFI

To: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Subject: Gang-gang Cockatoo RFI
From: Scouler <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 08:38:10 +1100
Hello Richard,

In his book "The Illustrated Dictionary of Australian Birds by Common Name" (1987) J.D.McDonald says this at p. 74 about the Gang-gang's name: "Apparently native name adopted by early colonists in NSW, used by Gould, who attributed it use to Latham, but Latham gave name red-crowned parrot; meaning not known."

Colin Scouler.

Dr Richard Nowotny wrote:

 Is someone able to inform me (and perhaps also the list?) how Callocephalon fimbriatum acquired its rather odd common name (I've been asked the question by a non-birding acquaintance).  I don't recall ever having heard the origin of the name and can't find any reference to it in any of the 5 field-guides, the first Atlas, the Readers' Digest or HANZAB!    Regards.    Richard

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