Major Mitchell's cockatoo

Major Mitch·​ell's cockatoo
variants: or Major Mitchell cockatoo or Major Mitchell

Definition of Major Mitchell's cockatoo

: a white Australian cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri synonym Cacatua leadbeateri) with the plumage flushed roseate and a large, showy crest barred yellow and red Two birds with amazing crests are the sulphur-crested cockatoo and the Major Mitchell's cockatooRanger Rick, September 1985 … past flocks of Major Mitchell cockatoos, which take to the sky in fear, revealing the crimson splash of the underwings.— Bob Reiss, Smithsonian, June 1986

called also pink cockatoo

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First Known Use of Major Mitchell's cockatoo

circa 1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Major Mitchell's cockatoo

after Major Sir Thomas Mitchell †1855 British explorer in Australia

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“Major Mitchell's cockatoo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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