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  Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri)





Major Mitchell's Cockatoo | Cacatua leadbeateri photo
Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland

Image by Dylan Thomas - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo is an attractive white and pink cockatoo with a crest. The crest appears white when down, but shows bright red and yellow bands when raised. The male has a dark brown eye, the female has a reddish eye. Females have broader yellow bands in crest.

Other Names
Pink Cockatoo

Size
33-36cm

Habitat
grasslands, saltbush plains, mulga, woodlands near watercourses

Food
grass seeds, corms, roots, insects, grubs.

Breeding
nests in tree hollow. Lays 2 - 4 white eggs

Range
arid and semi-arid areas of interior to west coast of Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Cacatuidae
Genus:Cacatua
Species:leadbeateri
Common Name:Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (C. galerita)
  Western Corella (C. pastinator)
  Galah (C. roseicapilla)
  Little Corella (C. sanguinea)
  Long-billed Corella (C. tenuirostris)