LITTLE CORELLAS IN AUSTRALIA: A UNIQUE AND MISCHIEVOUS BIRD
The Little Corella is a relatively small cockatoo, measuring around 34 to 39 centimeters in length and weighing between 280 to 350 grams. Its plumage is predominantly white, with a slightly yellow tinge on its undersides. The bird’s feathers are smooth and silky, and it has a characteristic crest of feathers on its head that it can raise or lower at will.
One of the unique physical characteristics of the Little Corella is its large, dark brown eyes, which give the bird its alternate name, the Bare-eyed Cockatoo. Unlike other cockatoo species, the Little Corella has no visible feathers around its eyes, giving it a distinctive, somewhat comical appearance.
BEHAVIOUR AND HABITAT
The Little Corella is an active and social bird with various behaviours that make it a favourite among birdwatchers. The species is highly vocal and can often be heard before it is seen, emitting loud, screeching calls that can carry for long distances.
Little Corellas are known for their playful and mischievous behaviour, often engaging in acrobatic displays or playful interactions with other birds. They are highly social, often gathering in large flocks, especially during the breeding season. During these times, the birds can be seen engaging in elaborate courtship displays, including synchronised flying and mating rituals.
These bird species are highly adaptable and can be found in various habitats, from urban parks and gardens to agricultural land and open woodlands. Little Corellas also roost in large groups in communal nesting sites, often in hollow trees or cliffs.
The Little Corella is considered a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The species is widespread throughout its range and is not considered to be under any significant threat.
However, the species’ adaptable nature and tendency to gather in large flocks when it feels under threat or for safety can sometimes bring it into conflict with humans. In urban areas, Little Corellas are often regarded as pests due to their habit of feeding on crops and damaging trees and buildings. The birds can also be noisy and disruptive, leading to complaints from residents and councils.
In recent years, some efforts have been made to control Little Corella populations in urban areas through measures such as the removal of nesting sites and the use of bird deterrents. However, these measures have been controversial, with some advocates arguing that they are cruel and ineffective.