What do they look like? What do they look like? The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo is a stocky, medium sized pink and white cockatoo that has distinctive yellow and red bands in its crest. They generally grow to a length of 35 -40cm.
Where do they live? Where do they live? Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos have a widespread but patchy distribution throughout much of inland Australia. They live in sparsely timbered grasslands avoiding arid and humid coastal areas. They are often found in large flocks moving to sites with water and more favourable conditions.
What do they eat? The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo enjoys a diet of seeds, particularly those of cypress pines and acacias, nuts and fruits.
Behaviour: Major Mitchell’s are usually found in pairs, often in the company of galahs. In Queensland, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos breed between May to December.
Reproduction: Females usually lay 2 white oval eggs and both parents share nest preparation, incubation and care of the young. The male usually incubates during the day and the hen takes over for the night. The young emerge from the nest at 2 months of age.
Threats: Habitat destruction has led to a reduction of numbers in some areas.
Conservation Status: Secure.