Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Cacatua leadbeateri, also known as Leadbeater’s Cockatoo or Pink Cockatoo, is the only species of its own subgenus Lophocroa. It is a medium-sized cockatoo restricted to arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia. This bird requires extensive woodlands, particularly favoring Callitris, Allocasuarina and Eucalyptus. Their population has declined as a result of man-made changes to the arid interior of Australia.
With its soft-textured white and salmon-pink plumage and large, bright red and yellow crest, it is generally recognized as the most beautiful of all cockatoos.
It is named in honor of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-colored wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region”.