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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo  (Cacatua leadbeateri)

Also Known As: Pink Cockatoo, Leadbeater's Cockatoo, Desert Cockatoo, Wee Juggler, Cocklerina, Chockalott

Alert Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

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Parrots as Pets
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Care in Captivity
Pet Suitability:
Can be loud, but playful and are vigorous chewers.

Captive Status:
Common in Australia, less so elsewhere.

May live from 40-60yrs.

Walk-in cage, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Mix of small seeds: canary, oats, safflower, limited sunflower, spray millet. Sprouted sunflower, beans and lentils; green leaves such as: spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; fresh vegetables such as: corn, carrot, celery, zucchini, green beans and peas, fruit if taken; nuts such as: walnuts, hazenuts, pecans and roasted peanuts. Complete kibble.

Avid chewers so provide bird safe, unsprayed wood (fir, pine, elder, willow), wood toys, vegetable tanned leather toys, heat sterilized pine cones. Also provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:
Hollow log or vertical box with trap door.

Clutch Size:
2 to 4

Incubation Time:
25 days

Fledging Age:
8 weeks

Hatch Weight:
12g (0.4 oz)

Peak Weight:
399-403g (14-14.1 oz)

Weaning Weight:
311-319g (10.9-11.2 oz)

Link to Specialist Club:
Cockatoo Society. 26961 N. Broadway, 92026

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