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FEATURE DAVID COOMBES P.S. CHAIRMAN


NESTING OF MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOOS IN THE WILD


Do Major Mitchell’s cockatoos mate for life? Yes they do and can nest together for up to 50 years.


Do Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos nest in big trees? Not really. Some may pick out a dry Cypress Pine tree that has no top or a broken limb that has left a hollow. Some trees are small and nests that are 5 metres from the ground are common.


If one bird dies or gets killed does the remaining bird seek out a new mate? Yes


What type of tree do Major Mitchell’s nest in? Dry gum trees and Cypress Pine that is alive or dry.


What time of year to Major Mitchell’s go to nest? Late August to early September.


MAJOR LL’S COCKATOO SOUTH WALES, LIA


Do they pick out a special tree? Yes they do: usually on a sand ridge or in open country away from other trees. They like to be able to see what is going on around them. It’s a precautionary thing so that they can identify any predators including mankind.


Do Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos nest in big trees? Not really. Some may pick out a dry Cypress Pine tree that has no top or a broken limb that has left a hollow. Some trees are small and nests that are 5 metres from the ground are common.


BIRD SCENE 29


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