pink(ish) cockatoo

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Subject: pink(ish) cockatoo
From: "Roger Curnow" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 18:15:52 +1000
Hi Alison et al,

back in August 2007 there were several postings relating to pink Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos.
These can be found in the chat line archives.
On this topic you could start here:
and go forward/backward.

As i remember it too much carotene in there diet,
 or too much dust-bathing in red dirt were the least rational of suggested causes.
Your bird though sounds like a Major Mitchell / SCC cross.

    roger curnow.

From: "Alison Mackerras" <>
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 1:56 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] pink(ish) cockatoo

> This morning (10am) I saw a cockatoo that looked like a
> sulphur-crested/pink cockatoo hybrid  feeding on the footpath on Sturt
> Ave with about 30 sulphur-crested cockatoos.  Head was pure sc cockatoo
> - pure white with yellow crest, dark grey beak and eye.  Primaries were
> mostly white.  The rest of the bird, including underwings was blotchy
> pink and white.  Quite a strong pink but not galah colour. The best way
> to describe the colouring is the effect you get when you mix a few drops
> of rose pink food colouring into white icing - a range of pinks from
> light to quite dark depending on how much you stir the mix.
> Very poor photo from my phone attached.
> Alison Mackerras

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