Major Mitchell's are one of the smaller cockatoo species and can often be found in large flocks. They often gather at dawn and dusk to drink at waterholes throughout their arid range.
Major Mitchell's live in sparely timbered grass lands, scrub lands, stands of cypress pines growing along sand ridges, casuarinas covering rocky outcrops, mallee and trees surrounding cereal fields or bordering watercourses.
Mitchell's spend most of the day feeding on the ground or among the branches of trees and shrubs. They eat seeds, nuts, fruits and roots, particularly the seeds of cypress pine Callitris and acacias.
Couples nest in hollow limbs of trees. They line the bottom with wood dust and bark strips which are removed from the entrance to their nest hole. Both parents incubate - the male during the day and female at night. They breed from May through to December, with mating occurring earlier in the north than in the south.
Major Mitchells Cockatoo Profiles
Tully is quite a little thinker. When he is asked to do something he will often just sit there for a moment, contemplate the task at hand and then work out the easiest way to accomplish his goal.
This has meant that Tully has ended up being a bit more of a confident flier and he works things out a lot quicker, including the best way to get his favourite treat, a variety of nuts.