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Pink Cockatoo

(Cacatua leadbeateri)
Alternate name(s): "Major Mitchell's Cockatoo", "Leadbeater's Cockatoo", "Wee Juggler"
Aboriginal name(s):
Race "leadbeateri": "gugalarrin" [yuwaalaraay], "wijagala" ("weejugla") [wiradjuri];
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 Pink 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 Pink Cockatoo; note the dark iris (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorsal view of a male Pink 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]

FEMALE

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

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

Close-up lateral view of a female Pink Cockatoo (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Quilpie, QLD, September 2022]

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

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

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

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

Three Pink Cockatoos feeding in Eremophila longifolia; by a roadside
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

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

PAIR

Frontal view of a pair of Pink Cockatoos; male above, female below
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Near-frontal view of a pair of Pink Cockatoos feeding on nectar from flowers, in this case Eremophila longifolia; male at the top
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Near-frontal/near-lateral view of a pair Pink Cockatoos - male on the left, female on the right
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, September 2017]

Sex unknown

Dorsal view of a Pink Cockatoo in flight
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Race "mollis"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Pink Cockatoos feeding in a shrub (photo courtesy of C. Pears)
[Tjoritja (West MacDonnell Ranges), NT, August 2016]

Hybridisation

Pink Cockatoos can hybridise with both Little Corellas .

Little Corella x Pink 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

Some Pink Cockatoo "TLC" - allopreening is a commonly used bonding ritual (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Quilpie, QLD, September 2022]

Some Pink Cockatoo "TLC" - allopreening is a commonly used bonding ritual (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Quilpie, QLD, September 2022]

Unlike many other species of cockatoos, Pink Cockatoos form only small flocks.

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

Near-dorsal view of a small flock of Pink 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, Pink Cockatoos are seed-eaters, where seeds include those in cones and nut-like fruit.

Near-lateral view of a male Pink Cockatoo taking a seed pod (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Quilpie, QLD, September 2022]

Lateral view of a male Pink Cockatoo taking a seed pod (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Quilpie, QLD, September 2022]

Female Pink 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]

Lateral view of 4 Pink Cockatoos feeding on the seeds of a noxious weed, Noogoora burr
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2017]

Lateral view of a Pink Cockatoo feeding on seeds on the ground
[Near Bourke, NSW, September 2012]

Pink 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 Pink Cockatoo approaching a waterhole (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

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

Frontal view of 4 Pink 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

More Pink Cockatoo sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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