Gang-gangs added to the threatened species list

PRODUCTION ADVICE & NRM NEWS -  MARCH 2022 - ENVIRONMENT

By Shanna Rogers
Senior Land Services Officer - Environment

P: 02 6051 2241 | M: 0457 733 261 | E: shanna.rogers@lls.nsw.gov.au

Small and stocky, the Gang-gang Cockatoo is one of the more distinctive and charismatic members of Australia’s birdlife.

With its wispy crest and a call that sounds like a creaky gate, it is quite an unmistakable sight and sound to behold. Unfortunately hearing and seeing Gang-gangs is becoming increasingly rarer.

The 2019-20 bushfires affected 36 % of the Gang-gangs range, leading to an estimated population drop of 21%. Even before the 2019-20 fires, numbers of cold-climate loving Gang-gangs were declining due to heatwaves and climate change impacts.

The Gang-gang is now officially listed as ‘Endangered’ under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act & regulations.

The listing will see a recovery plan developed for the gang-gang, to supplement a national working group recently established to better understand the little-known bird.

So, what are we doing?

Murray Local Land Services is working with land managers to protect and enhance the Gang-gang Cockatoos habitat in the Upper Murray. The fires burnt out large areas of Gang-gang habitat, including tree hollows that the birds nest in. The gang-gang’s habitat is also negatively impacted by invasive weeds.

On-ground activities include revegetation and weed management at sites identified as important refuges for Gang-gangs and other threatened species recovering from the impact of the bushfires.

By protecting and re-establishing vegetation communities lost during the fires and protecting and enhancing refuges of unburnt vegetation communities, we aim to reverse the population decline of native species such as Gang-gang Cockatoos.

What can you do?

  • Protect known breeding habitat from wildfire and hazard reduction burns
  • Restore gang-gang habitat by replanting local native trees, shrubs and groundcovers
  • Retain live and standing dead hollow-bearing trees and minimise losses to these trees when carrying out prescribed burns
  • Identify key breeding and foraging habitats by sharing your sightings of the bird.
  • Please share your Gang-gang Cockatoo sightings here: https://bit.ly/3fei32g

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