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ParrotLophochroa leadbeateri

2 Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo at Denman Prospect, ACT

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Lophochroa leadbeateri at Denman Prospect, ACT - 15 Jun 2019
Lophochroa leadbeateri at Denman Prospect, ACT - 15 Jun 2019

Identification history

Parrot Lophochroa leadbeateri 16 Jun 2019 natureguy
Parrot Lophochroa leadbeateri 15 Jun 2019 KatiD

Author's notes

Major Mitchell Cockatoo in Denman Prospect playground

11 comments

   16 Jun 2019
WOWOWOWOW is this a migrant coming in from the outback? Awesome sighting!
   16 Jun 2019
Yes super exciting but keep in mind it could very well be an escapee as well. Kati, could you tell us a bit about its behaviour, whether it was approachable, or if you noticed any bands? Did it do much or just sit there on the play equipment? Just the one bird I assume.
michaelb wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
Hi Kati. Thanks for your photo. I have downloaded the original photo, cropped it and added it back to be used on the Species page, see:-
https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Species/Sightings/15251
KatiD wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
Hi all! Thanks for your interest. I would say it’s behaviour was somewhat strange. It was sitting calmly eating some sort of berry/seed from a small twig it was holding. When children approached it it gave a loud squawk made ready to leave but when the children backed off it stayed where it was. No rings or tags I could see.
   16 Jun 2019
Has to be an escapee...?
rawshorty wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
Was it seen flying? It looks like the wings are clipped to me.
KatiD wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
I assume so. Having said that the surrounding area is highly forested and supports other cockatoos (such as a large black cockatoo population) so perhaps it will survive well enough here?
KatiD wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
I didn’t see it fly.
Mikayla93 wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
Hello, there is a Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo in Coombs that regularly free-flies around. I would say it’s most likely him- hopefully he isn’t lost. I have been caught off guard a few times, and then see that it eventually flew back to a person.
KatiD wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
It must be the same one. I wonder if the owner takes it for trips to the park?!
Mikayla93 wrote:
   16 Jun 2019
I have seen it down at the oval here, and a playground too so maybe 😊

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Non-local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 15 Jun 2019 4:10 PM Recorded on
  • KatiD Recorded by
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