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Pink Cockatoo

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Pink Cockatoo

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The Pink Cockatoo is hard to miss, with its distinctive red and white headdress.

The Pink Cockatoo, Lophochroa leadbeateri, is admired far and wide in Australia for its unique beauty. The gentle splashes of pastel pink across the front of its body set it apart from its Sulphur Crested Cockatoo brothers and sisters. It's pale pink colour, and red, yellow and white crest, also help you tell it apart from the Galah.

The Pink Cockatoo is known by a variety of names, most commonly as Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, as well as Leadbeater's Cockatoo, Desert Cockatoo, Cocklerina, Chockalott and Wee Juggler.

The Pink Cockatoo has been admired since 1836, when the English explorer and surveyor Major Mitchell wrote in his journal: 'Few birds more enliven the monotonous hues of the Australian forest than this beautiful species.'

The Pink Cockatoo spends most of its day searching for food.

They enjoy eating seeds, especially from trees such as Wattle (acacia family) and Cyprus (callitris family), as well as fruits, roots, nuts, tubers, and insect larvae.

Pink Cockatoos are quite adaptable in their diet. They will look for food on tree branches as well as on the ground. However, they are vulnerable to cat attacks while feeding down low on the ground and in shrubs and bushes.

Pink Cockatoos are also always on the lookout for a nearby source of fresh water to drink from in the evening, so include a bird bath or container of clean water in your garden for them to use.

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A few more Pink Cockatoo facts

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