The scientific name commemorates the British naturalist, Benjamin Leadbeater. In Central Australia south of Alice Springs, the Pitjantjatjara term is kakalyalya.
“Bella” the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (X)
With its soft-textured white and salmon-pink plumage and large, bright red and yellow crest, it is often described as the most beautiful of all cockatoos. It is named in honour of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote, "Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region."
I’ll post the Macaws in a bit! I’m thinking about redoing one or two of them. :P
Major Mitchell's cockatoo is not listed as a threatened species on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo also known as Leadbeater’s Cockatoo or Pink Cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo restricted to arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia.
Via Flickr: Rainbow Valley, Central Australia, Northern Territory “photo by Bill Robinson”
In the Mallee region of Victoria where the galah and Major Mitchell's cockatoo can be found to be nesting in the same area, there have been occasions where the two species have interbred and produced hybridised offspring.
Major Mitchell females and males are almost identical. The males are usually bigger. The female has a broader yellow stripe on the crest and develop a red eye when mature.
Cockatoos are relatively healthy birds but are susceptible to the following: Psittacine beak and feather disease Feather-picking Mate aggression Self mutilation Juvenile chewing of flight feathers and tail Poor eating habits - picky eaters Bacterial and fungal infections Sarcocystis (parasitic disease fatal to Major Mitchell's ) Toxicity, ingestion of metals
This one is based off of Major Mitchell’s cockatoos.
“Although Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are the most beautiful cockatoo, they are not a favorite pet as they can lack the [affection] that other cockatoo species [are known to have]. This cockatoo is mainly for breeders who are experts at raising cockatoos, as they have a history of attacking the females, [known as] mate aggression.”
Major Mitchell's cockatoos are very active and should be provided the largest cage that space and budget allows – at the very least, the cage must allow room for the bird to spread his wings fully. These birds are moderately strong chewers and can break welds on poorly constructed cages. Many are also adept at opening cage latches, so locks or escape proof latches may be necessary. Ideally, the bird will have an outdoor cage as well to allow playtime in the fresh-air and sunlight.
See? I told you I was still working on it! Sorry for the slow progress, the holidays slowed me down. Expect updates frequently for this. c:
I just finished these the other day - they’re for a card deck I’m working on, because I am insane and apparently want to draw 50+ parrots! Thing is, I’m already (ha, after 6 months) almost halfway done, and I feel like this particular project is picking up a tiny bit of steam.
theyre cockatoos, they dont all have names yet! (i will reblog with names later) and they all sing together, its perfect. love love!! this was like a 6-8 hr colored pencil drawing!
Made a low-poly cockatoo and figured i’d paint it. I’m thinking about painting it in a couple of the different cockatoo species colors. :0
Images from A synopsis of the birds of Australia, and the adjacent Islands by John Gould (1804-1881).
Cockatoos are known for their beautiful crests. In the wild the crests are used as a nonverbal communication device. Cockatoos will raise their crests to show off their bright colours and appear bigger to any potential predator, which serves almost as a sign that states ‘I’m strong, healthy and big so don’t even think of trying to attack me!’.
The Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) also known as Leadbeater's cockatoo or pink cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo restricted to arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia. It is here placed in its own monotypic genus Lophochroa, though to include it in Cacatua as others do is not wrong as long as the corellas are also included there.
C. (L.). l. leadbeateri (Vigors, 1831) C. (L.). l. mollis (Mathews, 1912)
Routine bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and skin condition. Birds can be misted and allowed to dry in a warm room or in the sun, or gently dried with a blow dryer. Care should be taken not to clip the wing feathers excessively as cockatoos often fall and injure themselves. Clip only the primary flight feathers and only enough so the bird will glide to the floor. Major Mitchell's are better flyers than Moluccans and umbrellas and a few more feathers should be removed.
photo credits: wiki, fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au, wiki, Arjan Haverkamp
Major Mitchell’s cockatoo (Plyctolophus leadbeateri) and the Greater Sulphur-crested cockatoo (Plyctolophus galeritus).
Major Mitchells Cockatoo
Cookie the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo celebrates his 82nd birthday (source)