Ma­jor Mitchell’s cock­a­too

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Sci­en­tific name:

Lophochroa lead­beat­eri Con­ser­va­tion sta­tus in Vic­to­ria: Vul­ner­a­ble

Largest Vic­to­rian pop­u­la­tion: Pine Plains, Wyper­feld NP Habi­tat: Semi-arid wood­lands fea­tur­ing slen­der cy­press pine ( Cal­litris gra­cilis)

Pine Plains pop­u­la­tion in 1998: 62 breed­ing pairs

Pine Plains pop­u­la­tion in 2017: 20 breed­ing pairs

Vic­tor Hur­ley de­scribes the ma­jor as a “supreme spe­cial­ist” that ful­fils a spe­cific func­tion in its ecosys­tem, dis­pers­ing cy­press pine seeds and some­times ex­ca­vat­ing new hol­lows when fallen tree limbs leave soft, ex­posed wood – an Aus­tralian ver­sion of the wood­pecker.

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