Please Collect Gang-gang Feathers for Genetic Research

This project aims to better understand the population genetics of Gang-gang Cockatoos iacross their range through feather collection.

Feathers contain genetic information unique to an individual. They provide insights into the biology and ecology of birds that are otherwise challenging to sample, and in a way that is not intrusive.

By learning about the genetic variability of Gang-gangs, we can estimate their ‘effective population size’. Knowing the population size of a species, and monitoring changes to this over time, can directly inform planning and implementing conservation actions. Genetic information extracted from Gang-gang feathers may also provide insights into their habitat use, mating systems and conservation status across their range.

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Posted on August 05, 2022 01:12 AM by michaelmulvaney michaelmulvaney


Thank you Michael, I will certainly keep my eye out and spread the word in our area. Cant say i have seen many of their feathers about where I have been watching but will certainly look harder for them now.

Posted by scobes 10 months ago (Flag)

Thanks Jo much appreciated

Posted by michaelmulvaney 10 months ago (Flag)

Thank you Michael - are Gang Gang feathers still wanted for the project? Is collection limited to ACT or also welcome from NSW Southern Highlands. Gang Gang being seen around here at the moment.

Posted by wonga2 3 months ago (Flag)

Yes feathers still wanted and particularly from OUTSIDE the ACT

Posted by michaelmulvaney 3 months ago (Flag)

Will pass on the word to look for feathers in our area. Many thanks

Posted by wonga2 3 months ago (Flag)

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