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Major Mitchells Cockatoo

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

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Scientific Name:

Cacatua leadbeateri


Throughout much of inland Australia.


Seeds, nuts, cereal grains, weeds, fruits, berries, roots, insect larvae from branches.


Habitat: Semi-arid to arid shrubland with tree-lined watercourses, woodland.

Incubation: 23-26 days / 2-5 eggs

Social structure: families and flocks of several hundreds.

Weight: max 480gr

Dimensions: 33-40cm

Lifespan: 50-60

Estimated population in the wild: common

Threats: Habitat destruction.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. They nest on natural hollows or nests constructed by other species 3 to 20m above ground, preferably in eucalyptus trees near water.
  2. Breeding pairs are very territorial and will not nest closer than 1km to another nesting pair.
  3. The Major Mitchell's Cockatoo is the only cockatoo with a multicoloured crest.
  4. The crest is used to visually attract a mate, ward off opposing males, and communicate alarm or distress to nearby birds.

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