How Did the Major Mitchell Cockatoo Get Its Name?

The Pink Major Mitchell Cockatoo is best for the experienced birder.

Beautiful Major Mitchell Cockatoo is best for the experienced birder

By Diane Burroughs

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo is a beautiful, pink colored  medium sized cockatoo  originating from Central and South Central Australia.  These birds are considered to be “threatened” on a low level – they are on the Appendix II list.  Also known as the “Leadbeater” or Pink Cockaoo these birds may live about 60-75 years in captivity, Major Mitchell’s tend to bond very deeply to one person and are prone to becoming nippy when they have to share their human mate.  These birds are recommended as pets only for very experienced parrot people who are willing to undertake a life-long commitment for their care.  They are NOT known to be a cuddly pet like other species of Cockatoo’s.

Like most Cockatoo’s, Major Mitchell’s are very active and do best with a lot of out of cage time and interaction.  Major Mitchell’s need safe outlets to satisfy their instincts to explore, chew, and play. They require bird toys that promote intellectual stimulation, exercise and foraging opportunities.  And, lots and lots of wood to chew! Their cage requirements are large, too.  We recommend a 4′ x 3′ x 4′ cage at a minimum.

But, it is a bit of a mystery about how the Major Mitchell Cockatoo got it’s name.  If you know how these beautiful pink cockatoo’s got the name “Major Mitchell” – please comment.


About Diane Burroughs

Diane Burroughs, founded in 1998. A bird lover who is owned by African Grey's, a Moluccan, a Parrotlet and a Red-Bellied Parrot, Diane is dedicated to improving the lives of pet birds with vet-approved parrot tested supplies and expert bird care articles.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

[constantcontact id="3"]