MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOO (Cacatua leadbeateri)

Australia has several Cockatoos, but my favourite has to be the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri).  

It’s not seen as far south as my state of Victoria, but Melbourne Zoo has a very handsome ‘Cockie’, so I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph it several times on my many zoo visits over the years.

It’s found in opens land, scrub, mallee and mulga and mainly in central areas of the country.

The body is a pale pink, with white wings, back and tail.  It’s forehead is more reddish in colour  with an upswept crest.  When the crest is erect, (which I’ve never seen I must admit), it’s banded with yellow and pink.

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo & male Eclectus Parrot

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo with female Eclectus Parrot

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26 thoughts on “MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOO (Cacatua leadbeateri)

    1. I agree, Tanja.
      The image of the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and the red female Ecclectus Parrot scored the back cover of Melbourne Zoo News that month (I took the photo). I tried to find the magazine cover for this post, but couldn’t. I don’t know where I’ve filed it. I love the way they look like they’re talking to each other.

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  1. What wonderful photos of the cockatoo and parrots together. I didn’t realise that the male and female Eclectus parrots are so different. In fact, I would say the female is more exciting in colour than the male, which would be unusual in the world of birds.

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    1. I have 6-7 images of the cockatoo and parrots ‘talking’ to each other in the hole of that tree stump, Jane. They are quite unique images in that the birds look like they’re REALLY talking to each other. When I do a post on the Eclectus Parrot, I’ll include them (if I remember) 😀

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  2. That has to be one of the prettiest birds I’ve ever seen. There are white birds, and colorful birds, but pastel birds are a new one for me. I suppose, now that I think of it, that some of the cockatiels and such might qualify, but this one’s a show-stopper.

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    1. I agree Linda. Their white feathers seem to reflect the sunlight too. The first few shots were in summer and the last few images in winter when the sky was overcast (and their feathers look more white).

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    1. Thanks, Lonnie.
      I received my new Cacti/Succulent book in the mail yesterday, so hopefully that will give me some more clues to naming my Cacti images. I looked at the couple of links you gave me, but they seemed to be more for someone who had some prior knowledge as a starting point, but I have bookmarked Plants of the World online so I can go back to it easily.

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    1. I’ve only seen the Black Cockatoos at the Zoo, John.
      The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is the only one I’ve seen in abundance in the wild, but then, I don’t get out much these days.

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  3. That pale pink is such an unusual color in birds….it makes me wonder why….oh well, evolution has its own reasons. The photos are great – he looks great against that tree, and it’s interesting to see the interaction between species.

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