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(Redirected from Major Mitchell's Cockatoo)
Photo © by Recurvirostra
Mungo National Park, south-western New South Wales, Australia, April 2006

Alternative name(s): Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Cacatua leadbeateri

Lophochroa leadbeateri


33–40 cm (13-15¾ in)

  • White and salmon pink plumage
  • Red and yellow crest

Female: has a red iris and broader yellow band in the crest


Photo © by Ken Doy
SW Queensland, October 2017

Endemic to Australia: found in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.


Pink Cockatoo was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Lophocroa but is now in genus Cacatua.


Photo © by Tiger1
Eyre Bird Observatory, Western Australia, June 2009

Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

  • C. l. mollis:
  • C. l. leadbeateri:


Mallee woodland near water, eucalypt scrub, sparsely timbered grassland, woodland and mulga scrub.


Locally nomadic.


Photo by nightparrot
Freshwater Bore, Newhaven Station, Northern Territory, Australia, June 2008

They feed on a wide variety of seeds and fruit, including the seeds of the Paddy Melon (Cucumis myriocarpus) and the fruits of Bloodwood (Corymbia spp.) and Desert Oak (Allocasuarina decaisneana), also on seeds of acacias and chenopods (e.g., saltbush).


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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