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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Lophochroa leadbeateri mollis


The Major Mitchell's Cockatoo is a jewel of the Australian Bush. Generally regarded as the most beautiful of the Cockatoo family this small to medium bird only raises its crest for approximately ten seconds after landing (much to the frustration of the photographer!!). This flock of Majors was drinking at a waterhole near the Eyre Bird Observatory


Restrict to inland areas prefering arid to semi arid regions with flowering Acacia, Callitris, Allocasuarina and Mallee scrub. As such this bird is declining due to habitat loss for farming. Major Mitchell pairs will not nest close to one another; in consequence, they cannot tolerate fragmented, partly cleared habitats (typical of the Wheatbelt region). Nationally listed a Least Concern, though the Victorial Government recognises them as a threatened species.


It is named in honour of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote "Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region".

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Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago

My favourite parrot.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Awesome spotting!

ScottHarte 8 years ago

Great shot

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

very very sweet!...:-)

DigantaGogoi 9 years ago

very nice............!!!!!!!!!!

KarenL 9 years ago

Very pretty!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely spotting and great information.

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Nov 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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