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Little Corella  (Cacatua sanguinea)

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

Little Corellas interacting

Credit: © Nora Peters |

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

Status in the Wild
World Population:
Over 1,000,000

C.s. sanguinea: N Australia, including larger offshore islands.
C.s. normantoni: W Cape York Peninsula south to Gulf of Carpentaria, N Queensland.
C.s. transfreta: S New Guinea between Kumbe and lower Fly Rivers.
C.s. gymnopis: interior of E Australia, north to E Cape York Peninsula, N Queensland and west to NW South Australia. Introduced to Tasmania, and feral populations near urban centres in Australia.
C.s. westralensis: coastal and inland C and W Australia, from Great Sandy Desert to Moora district and east to longitude 123 degrees. Feral population in Perth district includes gymnopis.

Found in riverine woodland adjacent to grasslands or agricultural areas (breeding season). Outside the breeding season they may be found in a wide variety of areas including Eucalyptus/Acacia scrublands with short grass, open or lightly treed grasslands, ricefields, sedge plains, mulga, mallee, Callitris/Eucalyptus woodland, semiarid and monsoon woodland and shrubland, spinifex, saltbush Atriplex, mangrove, crop areas, roadsides and suburban areas.

Threat Summary:
No threats presently but still a protected species (except S Australia). May be shot as a pest on private land.

IUCN Rating:
Least concern

Wild Diet:
Seeds, paddy melons, nuts, fruits, berries, flowers, roots, corms, buds, shoots, insects, wood-boring larvae and blossoms.

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Occur in large flocks (up to 70,000 birds) at a time to search for food; roost near water and drink before moving off towards feeding areas, often a long distance away. Feeding times morning and afternoon. Birds are playful, rolling on their backs or hanging upside down from wires. Commonly found in the company of Galahs.

Clutch and Egg Size:
2 ovate eggs, 39.0 x 28.5mm (1.5 x 1.1 in)

Breeding Season:
Has been recorded in most months but in the north of Australia May-October, southeast August-December. Queensland December-April, July-October and February-May. Nesting said to be by climatic conditions, three months after end of wet season in the north.

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