Cacatua sanguinea

Description

Short-Billed Corella also known as Little Corellas are mostly white, with a fleshy blue eye-ring and a pale rose-pink patch between the eye and bill. In flight, a bright sulphur-yellow wash can be seen on the under wing and under tail. The sexes are similar in plumage, and young birds look like the adults, but are slightly smaller.

Distribution

Widespread throughout Australia, although large gaps separate some populations. The Short-Billed Corella is the most widely distributed of the three Corella species found in Australia.

Lifespan

The lifespan of a Short-Billed Corella is between 20 - 46 years of age.

Size

The size of the Short-Billed Corella is 35 - 45 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 460 grams.

Diet

Short-Billed Corellas diet consists of grains, grass seeds, bulbs and fruit.

Habitat

Short-Billed Corellas often form large flocks, especially along watercourses and where seeding grasses are found.

Breeding

Short-Billed Corellas are thought to pair for life and will start breeding at the start of a long period of rain. The nest site is a suitable tree hollow, lined with shavings of wood. This is normally used for several years in a row. The female will lay 2 - 4 eggs and both sexes share the incubation process, which is approximately 25 days. The chicks hatch naked and totally dependent on their parents. Breeding pairs nest in large colonies, and several nests may be found in the same tree. Where their ranges overlap, different Corella species may nest together, but they are not thought to breed with each other.