Cacatua tenuirostris, Long Billed Corella Click to enlarge image
Cacatua tenuirostris, Long Billed Corella in flight. Photographer:Maureen Goninan Image: Maureen Goninan
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    tenuirostris
    Genus
    Cacatua
    Family
    Cacatuidae
    Order
    Psittaciformes
    Class
    Aves
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    Up to 41 cm.

Medium-sized, white stocky body with a distinctive long upper bill and pale grey/blue eye ring.

Identification

A medium-sized white cockatoo with a short crest (not always visible), short tail, stocky body and a distinctive long upper bill. Faint yellowish wash on the undersides of its wings and tail; orange-red splashes on its forehead and throat; and an orange-red crescent across its upper breast. Eye ring is pale grey-blue.

Habitat

Grassy woodlands and grasslands, including pasture and crops, as well as parks in urban areas.

Distribution

South-eastern Australia.



Feeding and diet

It is a conspicuous and gregarious bird; often seen foraging in large flocks on the ground.

Communication

Its call is a loud, quavering, two-syllable 'wulluk-wulluk' or 'cadillac-cadillac', as well as a harsh screech.

Breeding behaviours

Forms monogamous pairs and both parents prepare the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young. Nests are made in the hollows of large old eucalypts, and sometimes in cavities of loose gravelly cliffs. The eggs are laid on a lining of decayed wood.