gang gang cockatoo plumage question

Subject: gang gang cockatoo plumage question
From: Cheryl Ridge <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 23:35:49 -0700 (PDT)
Hi folks

I just had the most amazing experience today!! A
"family" of 4 Gang Gang Cockatoos visited our yard.
I noticed them around 10.30am and they were still
there, in the same tree devouring seed pods at 3pm! It
was hard to get anything done today with these
wonderful visitors and such close views. They werent
at all bothered by my presence or in fact anything
else going on around them.

A group of Galahs visited and went absolutely crazy,
screaming and carrying on and hanging upsidedown off
the powerlines by one foot and generally being big
clowns. I do not know if the Galahs were being
territorial and trying to warn the Gang Gangs off or
whether they were just excited by the new visitors?

Then some magpies came and made a big commotion,
swooping etc. The Gang Gangs completely ignored both
groups of birds and the Galahs and Magpies eventually
disappeared. The Gang Gangs just kept eating and
eating. They sure made a big mess of our yard but I
will forgive them.

Anyway my question relates to plumage. There was
definitely one male with a bright red head and three
others. One had just a tint of red on its head and the
others had even less or none. How can I determine if
they are mature females or immature females/males? Is
it possible for older females to have a tint of red on
the head? If anyone could help me out here I would
appreciate it. I am happy to share some photos later
for the purposes of identification but knowing
something about the plumage will help me sort them out

Thankyou in advance

Cheryl Ridge

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