Bird Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

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Common Name: Little Corella

Scientific name: Cacatua sanguinea

Family: Cacatuidae

Order: Psittaciformes

Other Names: NA

Distribution: Widespread throughout Australia, although large gaps separate some populations.

Habitat: Large flocks, especially along watercourses and where seeding grasses are found.

Field Notes: Mostly white, with a fleshy blue eye-ring and a pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill. In flight, a bright sulphur-yellow wash can be seen on the underwing and under tail. Size: 35 - 40 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Gympie,QLD.

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Cacatua sanguinea (Little Corella)

Common Name: Little Corella

Scientific Name: Cacatua sanguinea

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Cacatuidae

Other Names: Short-Billed Corella, Bare-eyed Cockatoo

Distribution: Found over most of mainland Australia, except for the arid interior. Rarely found along the coastal areas apart from colonies in Northern NSW and south of Sydney.

Habitat: Open countryside where seeding grasses are found - especially near fresh water.

Field Notes: coloured white overall with a short white, erect crest and short whitish bill. Underwing and undertail are pale yellow. Blue-grey eye ring larger below the eye. Pink to red between eye and bill; extent of this colour patch varies with subspecies. Grows to around 35 - 40cm (a little bigger than the Galah).

Little Corellas feed in large noisy flocks. In the breeding season flocks are smaller as birds remain closer to their nests. The bird generally roosts in trees overnight, and flies off to feed in the early morning with an almost deafening screeching. I've heard them flying around and screeching at 2am, presumably because the roosting flock has been disturbed.

The birds feed mainly on the ground, and have to drink on a daily basis. The most common foods are grains and grass seeds. Some bulbs and fruits may also be eaten.

Little Corellas are thought to pair for life and will start breeding at the start of a long period of rain. The nest site is a suitable tree hollow, lined with shavings of wood. This is normally used for several years in row. Both sexes incubate the eggs and both care for the young chicks. The chicks hatch naked and totally dependent on their parents. At time of writing (November 2011) most of the birds I see are a dirty colour. This is from climbing in and out of their nesting holes.






References:

http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Cacatua-sanguinea
http://www.ozanimals.com/Bird/Little-Corella/Cacatua/sanguinea.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Corella
http://travelling-australia.info/InfsheetsC/Cacatua_sanguinea.html
 

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Has a reputation as a bad tempered biter when kept in captivity.
Swears readily too.
 

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Hybrid Little Corella (corella x galah)

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Not the best photo, but still good enough for ID. Location Gympie, 2011.
 

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In flight. Photo 2: top left hand corner some debris is caught around one of the parrots neck. I observed it for awhile and it was managing. Photo 3: all light at back of parrots so had to alter the exposure to see what the debris was, looks like some black thread wrapped around its neck. Highlights the importance of disposing of our rubbish.

Photos by Dusty and auscraft, Feb, 2012. Location: Sandgate, QLD
 
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Photos by auscraft, Feb, 2012. Location: Sandgate, QLD
 
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