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Bird Cacatua tenuirostris (Long-Billed Corella)

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Scientific Name: Cacatua tenuirostris

Common Name: Long-Billed Corella

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Cacatuidae

Other Names: Corella, Cockie, cockatoo, white cockatoo

Distribution: Western Victoria and Melbourne

Habitat: Redgum woodlands, open farmland and parks

Field Notes:
Often seen in flocks, sometimes with hundreds of members;.
The birds are white, with blue skin around their eyes, and a red “slash” across their breast.

While spending some time in a local park, I took the opportunity to observe several flocks of Corellas (Long-Billed Corellas) going about their business

They were moving methodically along the ground digging with their beaks as they went.
I couldn’t see clearly what they were digging for, so I fetched some binoculars from the car, which afforded a much better view.
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They were digging, sometimes two or three scoops of dirt, to obtain roots to eat. They used their tongue to scrape the muddy soil from the inside of their beaks; the outside of their beaks, and their faces, were quite muddy.
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There was a slightly larger Corella, obviously the dominant member of the flock, who kept a careful eye on me, while the others foraged. He (?) often chased off one of his comrades when they seemed to find a good patch of roots.

(Sorry – no close up photos)


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Still no close ups, but perhaps this is a bit clearer:
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The pink chest feathers are not actually completely pink:
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