Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Cacatua leadbeateri

Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are nomadic, following the rain. When the conditions are right and plenty of food is available, they breed. Raising a head crest of feathers to reveal a flash of red and gold, the male arouses the female’s interest. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House Island
lengthLength: 1 to 1.2 ft
wingspanWingspan: 9.8 to 11 in
habitatHabitat: Forest and grassland
dietDiet: Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and roots