Little Corella

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Common Name: Little Corella
Scientific Name: Cacatua sanguinea

Size: 14-15.25 inches (36-39cm)

Habitat: Australia; widespread throughout Australia, although large gaps separate some populations. The Little Corella is the most widely distributed of the three corella species found in Australia. The Western Corella is confined the extreme south-west of Western Australia, and the Long-billed Corella is found in the south-east. Little Corellas often form large flocks, especially along watercourses and where seeding grasses are found.

Status: : Least Concern. Global Population: unknown. The Little Corella's range is expanding with land clearing and increased sources of water. The increase in agricultural crops has so increased the birds' numbers in some areas they may become pests. Escaped or deliberately released cage birds have also helped numbers in the east of Australia.

Diet: Feed in large noisy flocks. 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.

Breeding: Cockatoos become sexually mature after two to four years. Two to five eggs are laid in September through October. Nesting takes place in hidden areas. Eggs incubate for about three and half to four weeks and the fledgling period lasts eight to ten weeks.

Cool Facts: The scientific name for Little Corella, Cacatua sanguinea, means 'Blood-stained Cockatoo' and refers to the dark pink markings between the eye and the bill.

Little Corellas congregate in flocks of up to several thousand birds, which often include many Galahs. They roost in trees overnight, and fly off to feed in the early morning with an almost deafening screeching. It mostly feeds on the ground, eating seeds including cereal crops such as wheat and barley. It is so common that it has become something of a pest throughout much of Australia, and can be destructive to the trees in which it perches, by chewing the bark off smaller twigs.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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