Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Lophochroa leadbeateri mollis

Description:

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

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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".

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

7 Comments

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 years ago

My favourite parrot.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Awesome spotting!

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 8 years ago

Great shot

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

very very sweet!...:-)

DigantaGogoi
DigantaGogoi 9 years ago

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

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Very pretty!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely spotting and great information.

StevenSpragg
Spotted by
StevenSpragg

Western Australia, Australia

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

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team