Pink Cockatoo (Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo) – Cacatua leadbeateri
The irony…a threatened species spreading weeds….
The Pink cocky is considered vulnerable in NSW but is found across the arid and semi-arid inland, from south-western Queensland south to north-west Victoria, through most of South Australia, north into the south-west Northern Territory and across to the west coast between Shark Bay and about Jurien. In NSW it is found regularly as far east as about Bourke and Griffith, and sporadically further east than that.
It inhabits a wide range of treed and treeless inland habitats, always within easy reach of water. It feeds mostly on the ground, especially on the seeds of native and exotic melons and on the seeds of species of saltbush, wattles and cypress pines. Normally found in pairs or small groups, though flocks of hundreds may be found where food is abundant. Nesting, in tree hollows, occurs throughout the second half of the year; nests are at least 1 km apart, with no more than one pair every 30 square kilometres. Threats include clearing of woodlands, heavy grazing of feeding areas resulting in the removal of seeding grasses and preventing regeneration of food plants, loss of existing and future hollow-bearing trees and illegal nest-robbing and trapping.
However, it is classed as Least Concern on the IUCN Redlist.
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