I am thinking about my next works and would like to try and dye some Gang-gang Cockatoos. They are the “faunal emblem” of Canberra and feature also in the ACT Parks and Conservation Service logo.
They are such gorgeous birds to look at; the male has this fantastic red hairdo while the female is completely grey with specks of orangey-red. Whilst pretty they are also famed for their “unique” call. The ACT government website speaks fondly of its faunal emblem, stating “Their call is a distinctive sound resembling the sound of a squeaking gate.” Others describe it as a squeaky cork coming out of a bottle.
|Male Gang-Gang Cockatoo|
“The most rasping and aggravating of all Cockatoo cries..” Ah-hah-hah! I can just see him choking on his cup of tea as he heard its cry for the first time. I think its a charming little voice that they have and SO much less aggravating than the flocks of screaming Sulfur-crested Cockatoos.
|Detail of painting by Shimomura Kanzan. “Ancient Pine Trees and White Wisterias” 1921|