Gang-gang Cockatoo RFI

To: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Subject: Gang-gang Cockatoo RFI
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 17:31:53 +1000
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
> 8 Pier St   Port Melbourne
> (H)  61-3-9645.6870
> (M)  0438 224456

Richard! Really!  Onomatopoeia, as they used to say at school. Haven't
you listened to the creatures?  They clearly say: "Ga..ang, ga..ang"  I
presume it was an aboriginal name (so many imitate bird calls),
originally. So much better than 'Fimbriated Cockatoo'.
(I don't mean to be insulting, you know, but I am surprised. It's as bad
as not knowing that the grey Fantail's *real* name is Cranky Fan).
Anthea Fleming

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