Major Mitchell’s cockatoo
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.