Flock of Little Corellas

Flock of Little Corella’s

In the Australian bush there is every chance you will be buzzed by a flock of birds.

Many species are noisy and sociable.

Pretty much like Australia’s people!

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This is a flock of Little Corella’s that came upon my Canadian friend and me while we were walking.

 

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You can see from the close up shot that they were looking right at us – I think they were enjoying screeching at us flying low and wheeling around and around until they headed off again.

I have traveled in Canada and found our birds were noisy by comparison to their Canadian cousins.

Little Corella’s like living inland from the coast.

They have yellow under wings and tail and a short crest on their head which is white.

They are 36 to 39 cm in size.

People sometimes confuse them for Sulfur Crested Cockatoos but these are a bigger bird, have a large yellow crest on their head  and their style of flight is quite different.

Cheers

Amanda


 

Long Billed Corellas in Queensland!

I found long billed Corellas in Queensland!

It is exciting to find a flock of Long Billed Corellas a long way from their usual territory. It is also special to see in the wild, a species that is not normally widely dispersed and is not a common bird population.

The Corella Family:

The white Little Corella has a pink patch at its beak and yellow under its tail and is well known around Queensland. The Long Billed Corella is found in Victoria and a small coastal area in New South Wales and Queensland’s Gold Coast. The center of main distribution for this species is south-west Victoria.

It was exciting to find a flock of approximately 30 Long Billed Corella, called a “family party”, at Maryborough Queensland this week.

No sulphur yellow
No sulphur yellow

Identifying the Long Billed Corella:

Looking at the front and back view of the Long Billed Corella the important identifying features are:

  • the top part of the beak significantly overhanging the lower beak;
  • the pink colouring around the throat;
  • and a very pale yellow under the tail.

Whilst the Little Corella has a beak with only a slight overhang, no pink at the throat and sulphur yellow markings under the tail.

Notice the long bill
Notice the long bill

They are noisy birds:

These birds are noisy! Their calls are discordant which makes them seem even noisier! They have a high pitched call in flight and a streaking alarm call.

Sentinel warning system:

Corella feed on the ground using their long bills to dig up the roots and bulbs on which they feed. While the main flock feeds on the ground a few remain in the tree to keep lookout and warn of danger. Corellas are about 37cm in size and nest in tree hollows.

 

It's breeding season
It’s breeding season

Breeding Season:

Breeding time is August to December. Sighting these birds in Maryborough at this time may mean they will breed in this locality. Male and female birds share the incubation of their eggs (usually two). The female sits on the eggs during the night and the male sits during the day for 24 days. The parents then share the care of the hatchlings for 7 weeks in the nest and 3 weeks after they leave the nest.

What an exciting find!

Enjoy and write me back a comment, I would love that!

Amanda