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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

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Major Mitchell’s cockatoos (Cacatua leadbeateri) are nomadic, following the rain. When the conditions
Major cockatoo

Henry the Cacatua leadbeateri at the Cincinnati Zoo

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.


Length: 1 to 1.2 ft

Wingspan: 9.8 to 11 in

Habitat: Forest and grassland

Diet: Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and roots

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