Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (species: Lophochroa leadbeateri) in Paroo-Darling NP (Gaia Guide)
Lophochroa leadbeateri
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

©Unknown: Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri)

©Petr Baum: Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri)

©David Cook: Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Cacatuidae
Genus Lophochroa
Species Lophochroa leadbeateri
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

With its soft-textured white and salmon-pink plumage and large, bright red and yellow crest, it is generally recognised as the most beautiful of all cockatoos. (Wikipedia)

The upperparts are white while the face, neck underwings and underparts are salmon pink.  The crest is long and has bright red and yellow bands.

The males have a brown iris while femailes have a red iris.  Females also have a wider yellow band in their crests. (Simpson and Day)


  • Up to 35 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Averaging 81 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are generally found in mallee and mulga scrub.  They are also found among Murray pine and she-oaks. (Simpson and Day)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.