Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo


Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are strikingly beautiful parrots. Females tend to be more docile than males of this species and therefore tend to make better pets. Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are inquisitive and will explore everything in the house, and therefore need to be given safe opportunities to explore, play and chew. Like most cockatoo species, Major Mitchell’s cockatoos demand a lot of attention and they let their owners know it. When given structured attention, this species makes a very affectionate pet.

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Behavior / Health Concerns

Like many cockatoo species, Major Mitchell’s cockatoos can be destructive chewers, and for this reason should not be permitted to roam the house unsupervised. They are very active and need a pet bird cage large enough for them to fully spread their wings. They can learn to open cages, so escape-proof latches may be necessary. Male Major Mitchell’s cockatoos can become aggressive toward their mates. This species needs sufficient time and structured attention in order to prevent destructive behaviors, such as feather-picking and self-mutilation. Because they can tend to be picky eaters, ensure they eat a well-balanced diet.

Expert Advice

“Although Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are the most beautiful cockatoo, they are not a favorite pet as they can lack the [affection] that other cockatoo species [are known to have]. This cockatoo is mainly for breeders who are experts at raising cockatoos, as they have a history of attacking the females, [known as] mate aggression.”

Gene Maranda, Avian Companions (

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Central and Western Australia
14 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 to 100 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: