Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Cacatua leadbeateri

This is a beautiful salmon-pink and white cockatoo. When the crest is erected it reveals a dark pink-red colouration with a broad yellow band running through the centre. In flight, the dark pink of the under-wings is clear visible. It feeds on a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits and insects, both in trees and on the ground. Forming small flocks, occasionally in the company of Galahs, the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo inhabits a variety of wooded habitats, especially mallee and acacia. The normal contact call is a quavering two-syllable screech. It is found in the arid and semi-arid areas of inland Australia.