Help us spot rare birds

Published on 27 September 2017

Ku-ring-gai residents are being encouraged to report sightings of the Gang Gang Cockatoo and attend a free info session on the Australian Bird Count coming up in October. 

Ku-ring-gai Council has put together a survey to help record the movements of a group of Gang-gang Cockatoos, which has not been sighted in the Hornsby or Ku-ring-gai area since late 2016. Listed as an endangered population under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the group is believed to be at high risk of extinction. 

The online survey is also being conducted by Hornsby Council and has the support of the NSW Office of Environmental Heritage through its Saving Our Species program. The survey is at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ganggang.

According to experts, the absence of the local cockatoo population could be due to multiple threats, such as the loss of hollow bearing trees and the recent arrival of Bell Miner birds to the local area. Bell Miners can be aggressive towards other birds and as a result, drive them from their usual habitat.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said residents had already begun responding to the survey with a number of sightings which staff were following up. Previous confirmed sightings have been in the west of Ku-ring-gai, particularly in bushland along Kissing Point Road, the Comenarra Parkway and Browns Waterhole.

“Initial results suggest that our community want to be actively involved in locating and protecting local bird life. We will release our findings once the survey is complete.”

Mayor Anderson added that the Council would be hosting a free information session on the Australian Bird Count, a national survey commencing later this year.  The information session is presented by Birdlife Australia expert Judy Christie at Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers on Monday 23 October between 6.30pm and 8pm. Bookings are essential at www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/sustainabilityevents or call 9424 0893.

Note: This release was edited to update the event date, which was originally 16 October 2017.

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au