APPEARANCE AND HABITAT
Long-billed corellas are found throughout Australia, from the arid interior to the coastal regions. They are most commonly found in open woodland areas, savannahs, grasslands, and urban and suburban areas, where they are often considered pests due to their habit of damaging crops and roosting in large numbers.
BEHAVIOUR AND DIET
Long-billed corellas are social birds often seen in flocks of up to several hundred individuals. They are active during the day and spend much time foraging for food on the ground. They feed primarily on grass seeds but also eat other plant materials, such as flowers, fruits, and insects.
Long-billed corellas are known for their habit of digging up roots and bulbs, which can cause damage to crops and gardens. They are also known to cause damage to buildings and other structures by chewing on wood and plaster.
BREEDING AND CONSERVATION
Long-billed corellas breed in large communal nests, typically located in tree hollows or other cavities. The breeding season occurs between August and January, and females will lay 2-3 eggs per clutch. The eggs are incubated for around 24-26 days, and the chicks fledge after an average of 35-40 days.
The long-billed corella is classified as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Although they are not considered at risk of extinction, their populations have declined in some areas due to habitat loss, persecution by farmers, and competition with other bird species.
Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect the long-billed corella and its habitat. In some areas, land managers have implemented habitat restoration and protection programs to help maintain healthy corella populations. Efforts are also being made to educate the public about the importance of conserving these birds and their habitats.
Whilst the long-billed corella is not considered at risk of extinction, their populations have declined in some areas due to habitat loss and other threats. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect these birds and their habitats, and it is important for all Australians to work together to ensure the survival of this unique species.