Lophochroa leadbeateri

Description

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Leadbeater's Cockatoo or Pink Cockatoo is a medium sized cockatoo native to Australia. It has soft-textured white and salmon-pink plumage with a large, bright red and yellow crest.

Distribution

Native to Australia Major Mitchell's are widespread with patch distribution of inland Australia.

Lifespan

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo can live for 40 to 60 years out in the wild and up to 80 years in captivity.

Size

Major Mitchell's are approximately 35 - 40 centimetres in length.

Diet

Major Mitchell's forage largely on the ground for grass seeds, grains, tubers and insect larvae.

Habitat

The Major Mitchell inhabits lightly timbered grasslands, agricultural lands, Mulga, mallee, open scrublands and pine woodlands, as well as well-watered areas of the inland.

Breeding

In the north pairs breed from May-September and in the south pairs breed from August - December. One to four eggs are laid in hollow logs and are incubated for around 30 days by both male and female. Chicks fledge at 7 - 8 weeks and become independent after 16 weeks.