Major Mitchell Cockatoo

Lophochroa leadbeateri

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

Major Mitchell cockatoos have a pale pink and white body and their crest is white tipped with red and yellow bands.

They are never found far from water and live in arid to semiarid areas of scrublands, woodlands, Mallee regions and along timbered watercourses. Threats to this species include loss of habitat and land clearing reducing nesting sites.

WHAT THEY EAT

Major Mitchell cockatoos feed mostly on the ground and have a varied diet including nuts, fruits, bulbs, roots and the seeds of a number of plant species as well as insects.

BREEDING

Nests are found in the hollow of trees lined with woodchips and bark. The adults pair for life and may return to the same nest year after year. They have an average of 2-3 eggs in a clutch and both parents contribute to the incubation and rearing of the chicks.