Major Mitchell’s cockatoo skull

Quite a hairstyle

You can't tell from the skull, but this bird has one of the best ‘hairstyles’ of the bird world: a bright red and yellow crest. Major Mitchell’s cockatoos (Lophochroa leadbeateri) frequent the homestead at the Eyre Bird Observatory. If you are fortunate enough to stay the night, you might catch them at sunset, playing around the homestead. The cockatoo is named after Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, Australia’s first Surveyor-General of the Colony of NSW.

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Eyre Bird Observatory Museum

A cosy natural history museum and bird observatory on the Great Australian Bight.

Visit a museum and bird observatory in one of the most isolated places in the world. Unwind, relax and take in the natural beauty and the natural history collection. The one-room museum includes...


PMB 32 Cocklebiddy via Norseman
Cocklebiddy WA 6443

Open Hours
Mon to Sun 9am - 4pm. It is essential to contact the Observatory before your visit.

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