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Little Corella

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(Redirected from Cacatua sanguinea sanguinea)
Cacatua sanguinea
Photo by IanC Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Photo by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia


[edit] Identification

36 to 39 cm

  • Plumage mostly white
  • Fleshy blue eye-ring
  • Pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill
  • Sulphur-yellow wash on the underwing and under tail

Adults and young birds look alike

[edit] Distribution

Australasia, Indonesia
Papua New Guinea Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Melanesia

Photo by fthsmMason Park, Sydney, Australia, October 2008
Photo by fthsm
Mason Park, Sydney, Australia, October 2008

Introduced to South-east Asia and escaped pets can be found virtually anywhere in the world.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 5 subspecies:

  • C. s. transfreta:
  • C. s. sanguinea:
  • C. s. westralensis:
  • C. s. gymnopis:
  • C. s. normantoni:
  • North-eastern Australia (western Cape York Peninsula)

[edit] Habitat

Open land, timbered watercourses, grassland, crops, bushes and scrub of all descriptions, including mangroves, native cypress, cliffs; urban and suburban areas. Always near water.

[edit] Behaviour

Highly gregarious and can form very large flocks.

[edit] Diet

A ground seed-eater.

[edit] Breeding

A nest is built in a tree hollow, lined with wood shavings. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs which are incubated by both adults for about 25 days.

Breeding pairs nest in large colonies, and several nests may be found in the same tree.

[edit] Vocalisation

Very noisy. No song as such.

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Social calls and squawks
Recorded by Azzy Gladstone, South Australia. March 2010

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birds in Backyards
  5. BF Member observations

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