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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

(Cacatua leadbeateri)
Alternate name(s): "Pink Cockatoo", "Wee Juggler", "Leadbeater's Cockatoo"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "leadbeateri": "gugalarrin" [yuwaalaraay], "wijagala" ("weejugla") [wiradjuri];
Race "mollis": "yakalyakal" (WA)

Size: 35-40 cm
Weight: 360-480 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Major Mitchell's Cockatoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "leadbeateri"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Major Mitchell' Cockatoo; note the dark iris (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Major Mitchell' Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a male Major Mitchell' Cockatoo; note the dark iris
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a male Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on the cones of a Black Pine
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Lateral view of a male Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Lateral view of a male Major Mitchell' Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Major Mitchell' Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Dorsal view of a male Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Are you looking at me....?
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Pair of Major Mitchell' Cockatoos; male above, female below
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Pair Major Mitchell's Cockatoos - male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

FEMALE

Close-up frontal view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo - note the reddish-brown iris - feeding on the cones of a Black Pine (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Frontal view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding in an Emu-bush (Eremophila longifolia)
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Near-frontal view of a female Major Mitchell' Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Lateral view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Three Major Mitchell's Cockatoos feeding in low shrubs by a roadside; the bird in the middle is probably a male
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Two Major Mitchell's Cockatoos landing, displaying their underwing and upperwing patterns, respectively
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of two Major Mitchell's Cockatoos in flight (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Mitchell, QLD, July 2009]

Dorsal view of a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo in flight
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Hybridisation

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos can hybridise with both Little Corellas .

Little Corella x Major Mitchell's Cockatoo hybrids

Frontal view of a Little Corella x Major Mitchell's Cockatoo hybrid in captivity (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Lateral view of a Little Corella x Major Mitchell's Cockatoo hybrid in captivity (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Small flock

Unlike many other species of cockatoos, Major Mitchell's Cockatoos form only small flocks.

Small flock of Major Mitchell's Cockatoos (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Small flock of Major Mitchell' Cockatoos in flight
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

Like basically all cockatoos, Major Mitchell's Cockatoos are seed-eaters, where seeds include those in cones and nut-like fruit.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on nectar from flowers, in this case Eremophila longifolia
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on seeds on the ground
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on what looks like a native orange, the fruit of a Capparis mitchellii shrub
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos feeding on the seeds of a noxious weed, Noogoora burr
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2017]

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo feeding on seeds on the ground
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo picking up seeds or grain from the side of a road (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Mitchell, QLD, July 2009]

Lateral view of a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo approaching a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo approaching a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Major Mitchell' Cockatoos having a drink of water
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

majmitch_20190617.m4a (SW QLD) Warning/departure © MD
majmitch_20190618.m4a (SW QLD) Various (arrival & drinking) © MD

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