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The rarely seen Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), also known as Leadbeater’s Cockatoo or Pink Cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo restricted to arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia.

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.

It is named in honour of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who wrote “Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species whose pink-coloured wings and flowing crest might have embellished the air of a more voluptuous region”.

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  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithover 3 years ago

    They are just the most beautiful parrots aren’t they.. I saw some at a wildlife park today and just watched them for ages.. lovely photo Michael :)

  • Yes, it is always exciting to spot them. Thanks Penny.

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    One of my fav Aussie parrots,well done Michael.

  • Me too! Thanks for the fave Warren.

    – Michael John

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    Awww…so beautiful!!! great shot :o)

  • Thanks for commenting, and for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 3 years ago

    Great colours Mike. Love it.

  • Thanks for the fave Michael.

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago
    beautiful image, they are beautiful birds
  • They certainly are. Thanks for the fave Kathy.

    – Michael John

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    He’s beautiful

  • He sure is. Thank you.

    – Michael John

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 3 years ago

    A very pretty bird and such beautiful soft colours♥

  • They are nice birds. Thanks Bev.

    – Michael John

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot of a beautiful Cockatoo! Instant fave! S:)x

  • Thank you for the great comment, and for the fave Sandra.

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Michael John

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 3 years ago

    Terrific photo Michael – a very beautiful bird. In colour he is very much like the pink and grey Galah that we know so well over here. The major differences seem to be in their eyes and the tops of their heads.
    Best wishes

  • Yes, they are similar but they also have a larger comb. Thanks for commenting Pete.

    – Michael John

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