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Little Corella  

Also Known As: Corella, Short-billed Corella, Dampier's Corella, Bare-eyed Cockatoo, Blood-stained Cockatoo, Blue-eyed Cockatoo

Little Corellas interacting

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Did You Know?
The population of the Little Corella is thought to be increasing instead of decreasing like so many other parrots.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
38cm (14.8 in) 350-530g (12.25-18.5 oz)

Races including nominate:
five: C.s. sanguinea, C.s. normantoni, C.s. transfreta, C.s.gymnopis, C.s. westralensis

Colourization Adult:
C.s. sanguinea: both adults in general white; pink/orange lores and hidden bases of feathers of the head; dark grey/blue, bare eye ring, extending well below eye. Eye dark brown. C.s. normantoni: both adults as in sanguinea but smaller in size. C.s. transfreta: both adults as in normantoni, but underwings and undertail washed with yellow/brown. C.s. gymnopis: both adults more pink/orange on lores and bases of head feathers, foreneck to upper breast and back of neck. C.s. westralensis: both adults as in gymnopis, but with brighter orange/red on lores and colour more strongly washed through feather bases of head to upper breast and mantle, reaching softly to lower underparts and thighs; underwings and undertail washed lightly with deep yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:
C.s. sanguinea: as in adult but with paler blue eye ring tinged grey/pink underneath eye. C.s. normantoni: as in adult. C.s. transfreta: as in adult. C.s. gymnopis: as in adult. C.s. westralensis: as in adult.

Call: Contact call repetitive and squeaky. A flock calling together sounds like distant geese.

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Content Sources:

Central Pets

Friends of the Little Corella


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 78582, Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea, Robbins, Mark, Northern Territory, Australia, Jun. 25 1992, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

Avian Pediatric Seminar Proceedings, various authors, 1988.