Cacatua tenuirostris

Description

The Long-billed Corella is a medium-sized white cockatoo with a short crest (not always visible) and short tail, stocky body and a distinctive long upper mandible to its bill. There is a faint yellow colouration on the undersides of its wings and tail, and orange-red splashes on its forehead, throat and an orange-red crescent across its upper breast. The eye ring is pale grey-blue. It is a conspicuous and gregarious species, often seen foraging in large flocks on the ground.

Distribution

The Long-billed Corella can be found in Western Victoria and Southern New South Wales, from Hamilton to the Coorong, ranging to Melbourne and southern Riverina. Habitat is spreading.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Long Billed Corella

Lifespan

The Long-billed Corella can live for up to 50 - 60 years in captivity but only usually around 20 years out in the wild.

Size

The size of the Long-billed Corella is 35 - 48 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 560 grams.

Diet

The diet of the Long-billed Corella consists of seeds, roots and grubs.

Habitat

The Long-billed Corella inhabits open forest, woodland and grassland.

Breeding

Long-billed Corellas form monogamous pairs and both parents prepare the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young. Breeding season is from July to December. Nests are made in the hollows of large old eucalypts, and sometimes in cavities of loose gravelly cliffs (scoria). The female will lay 1 - 4 eggs on a lining of decayed wood.

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