Little corella

Cacatua sanguinea

Little Corellas are white, with a fleshy blue eye-ring and  pink markings between the eye and bill.

They are found throughout Australia, along watercourses and where seeding grasses are found. They fed mainly on the ground on grain and grass seeds,  some bulbs and fruits may also be eaten.

Little 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. The hollow is usually used for several years in row. Male and female  incubate the 2-4 eggs and both care for the chicks.

Little Corellas often indulge in an activity that is uncommon in the bird world — they like to play. Sometimes they slide down the steep roofs of wheat silos, falling off the edge and then flying back to the top to slide down again. They have also been seen perched on the blades of windmills, spinning round and around, falling off and then regaining a precarious grip on the blades. Even when perched, Little Corellas often hang upside down, or dangle below the perch, holding on with its bill.

Lifespan is 20 – 46 years in the wild


Birdlife Australia

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

The Australian Museum