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Major Mitchell’s cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), also known as Leadbeater’s cockatoo or the pink cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo restricted to arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia, though it is seen regularly in other climes, for example, South-East Queensland’s subtropical region. 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.
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It is named in honor of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote, “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-colored wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region.” It is here placed in its own monotypic genus Lophochroa, though to include it in Caparrotua as others do is not wrong as long as the corellas are also included there. They are also a type of cockatoo.
The History of the Cockatoo
There are over 20 species of cockatoos, each with their own behaviors and personalities, said Jody Rosengarten, a dog trainer, behavior therapist, and parrot enthusiast. Cockatoos are highly social and in the wild will forage in flocks as large as 100 birds.
What Do Cockatoos Eat?
According to Dr. Hess, cockatoos need a varied diet, including greens, vegetables, and fruits, with around two-thirds of a typical diet coming from nutritionally balanced, formulated pellets. An exclusive, seed-only diet is not recommended, she added, as the seed is deficient in nearly all vital nutrients.
Behavioral Issues in Cockatoos
Each cockatoo has its own personality, and while some can be affectionate, even “cuddle-able,” especially as babies, Rosengarten said, others can be very aggressive and prone to biting once they become sexually mature after about five to seven years of age.
Caring for Your Cockatoo
Cockatoo owners can also promote exercise with play — such as climbing on tree stands out of the cage — to help prevent obesity.
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Cockatoos are often described as intelligent and emotional birds and many describe life with a cockatoo as living with a perpetual 2-year-old child, capable of temper tantrums as well as complete silliness.
Speech & Sound
Cockatoo Parrots can be extremely loud, especially when seeking attention and at certain times of the day, such as at sunrise and sunset. They can learn to speak a few words and phrases.
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Cockatoos parrots are available from avian-specialty stores, and bird breeders as well as for adoption from bird rescue organizations. Cockatoos are often given up for adoption due to behavior issues, which makes this a bird that needs to be fully researched and carefully considered.