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Little Corella

Cacatua sanguinea


The Little Corella is a white cockatoo native to Australia and southern New Guinea, and is a member of the family Cacatuidae. It has a white body and bill, short crest, blue skin around eyes, pale pink patches between the eyes and bill, and yellow underwing and undertail. Flocks are often vast and noisy, consisting of up to several thousand birds, although that's not the case here. In this spotting, there were dozens of birds in the flock. The last two photos show a bird at play, and when they play, they become very noisy. They have "conversations" with each other, fly around and also show off. Little Corellas show off by hanging themselves upside-down with their feet, beaks or both. This one was definitely having fun :)


Inner-city suburb of Brisbane. This is a favourite feeding area for Little Corellas, but they don't roost here. I have seen very large flocks roosting by the freshwater lakes at the University of Queensland Campus in Brisbane, that's just across the river from here at a distance of about one kilometer.


There are four food tree species in or near my yard that are favourites of the Little Corellas - the conifer (pictured), bunya tree, large fruiting palm, and chinese elm. All are set upon each year en masse, and I clean up after them each year. Other seasonal food trees that parrots seem to love are the china doll, lilli pilli and a large grevillea tree. The latter three are favourites of the Rainbow Lorikeets, but that's not to say the corellas don't feed from them. I've just never noticed them in those trees.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.51, Long: 153.02

Spotted on Dec 22, 2018
Submitted on Dec 24, 2018

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