Long-billed Corella

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Long-billed Corella

Cacatua tenuirostris


Breeding season extends from July through to December. These birds form monogamous pairs. Nests in hollows high in tall Manna Gums or Sugar Gums or in the cavities of loose gravelly cliffs. Both parents prepare the nest and incubate 2-4 eggs for 25 days. Both parents feed the young.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Cockatoo
Identifying Characteristics

Medium sized parrot, 38-41 cm. Predominantly white with a short crest, short tail and stocky body. Faint yellowish wash on the underside of the wings and tail. Pale blue eye ring.

Distinctive Markings

Long upper mandible to the bill. Orange-red splashes on forehead and throat and an orange crescent across the upper breast.

Diet

Omnivore. Predominantly grass seeds, particularly from grain crops. Also feeds on bulbs and roots from the weed onion grass (Romulea rosea) and Native Murnong. 90% of their food now comes from introduced food plants. Insects are also eaten.

Habitat

Grassy woodland and grasslands, pasture and crop areas and urban parks. Never far from water.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
Flight call is a wavering, nasal "ar - aer - ek, ar - aer - ek". When disturbed, very loud, harsh screeches.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Cacatuidae
Genus
Cacatua
Species
tenuirostris
Normally only found in the extreme south-eastern end of Australia. Reaches from south-eastern South Australia through western Victoria to southern New South Wales. However, populations have now established in other parts of eastern Australia, probably from escaped caged birds.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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