Fun Facts

Cockatoos have a preferred 'footedness' similar to human handedness. Almost all cockatoos, including Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, are left-footed.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoos can live up to 60-70 years in the wild or even longer in captivity. 

These cockatoos are monogamous and form strong life-long pairs.

Both male and female birds incubate the eggs and care for their chicks.

While Cockatoos like to search for food in large flocks, when it comes to nesting these birds are quite territorial and prefer to nest at least 1-2km away from other pairs.

The eastern Major Mitchell Cockatoo subspecies was classified as Endangered in March 2023 under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Source: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, 2023, Species Profile and Threats Database, Lophochroa leadbeateri leadbeateri — Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (eastern). Accessed on 28 July 2023.
The general species is classified as Least Concern under the IUCN Red List. Source: BirdLife International. 2018. Cacatua leadbeateri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22684767A131914793. Accessed on 28 July 2023.