Pink cockatoo or Major Mitchell?
Often called a pink cockatoo due to its soft pink body colouring, the Major Mitchell cockatoo is in fact named after Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who was a surveyor and explorer of south-east Australia during the 1800s.
During the mating season, males attract females by strutting along branches bobbing their heads with their crests raised. Like many Australian cockatoos, adult pairs mate for life and return to the same breeding grounds year after year.
What’s on the menu?
At times, Major Mitchell cockatoos will feed on various insects, however, their diet primarily consists of over 30 species of plants including wattles, hakeas, grevilleas, and pines throughout their shrub and woodland habitat.