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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") [wiradhuri];
Race "mollis": "yakalyakal" (WA)

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Near-frontal view of a male Major Mitchell's Cockatoo in captivity

FEMALE

Close-up frontal view of a female Major Mitchell's Cockatoo - note the orange iris - feeding on the cones of a Black Pine (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Station, 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]

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

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

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

Pair Major Mitchell's Cockatoos - male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Station, 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]

Three Major Mitchell's Cockatoos in captivity; males on the left and right, female at the centre

Behaviour

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

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 Station, 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]

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