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What do Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos feed on in the wild? Like all birds Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos have a built-in mechanism that allows them to follow an annual food pattern. Listed below are some of the most common seeds utilised by Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos:- • Wild Orange [capparis mitchells] • Crows Foot [eleusine indica] • Wilga [geijera parviflora] • Camel Melon [ citrullus lamatus] • Paddy Melon [cucumis myriocarpus] • Currant Bush [exocarpos aphyllus] • Murray Cypress Pine [callitris preissii murrayensis]


• Mallee Cypress Pine [callitris preissii verrucosa]


• White Cypress Pine [callitris columellaris]


• Black Cypress Pine [callitris endlicheri] • Mulga [acacia ameura] • All other acacia beans


Introduced Seeds • All cereal grains • Almonds • All citrus


Do Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos drink every day? Major Mitchell’s visit watering places usually twice daily, very early morning and late afternoon. Major Mitchell’s have that very special mechanism for finding water and will travel many kilometres to drink. They very seldom drink from rivers, they like small dams, water troughs or house tanks.


During very hot weather they may visit their water base several times each day. Do Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos bath?


Major Mitchell’s are always lovely and white in all weather yet after 60 years studying them I have never seen one bath. The Council of The Parrot Society


UK sincerely hopes that the above notes which obviously took Ray some considerable time to compose help the school children of Australia to make every success of this new venture. We will continue to monitor this exciting new development that will we hope will do much to increase the status of the rare indigenous Australian Cockatoos. The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo population in southeast Australia continues to grow as a result of the work carried out by Ray Ackroyd under difficult conditions there and the Parrot Society UK will continue to support this important conservation activity.


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