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Public urged to report little corella sightings

Little corellas playing
Little corellas playing Jennie Stock

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging South West residents to report sightings of introduced little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) as part of a study to monitor their movements and behaviour.

DPaW project officer Mark Blythman said 10 little corellas were caught and fitted with wing tags last weekend, with the birds released in Australind and expected to move through the Australind, Bunbury, Collie, Donnybrook and Busselton areas.

“The information gathered through this study will help us increase our knowledge of these introduced birds, which pose a threat to local wildlife, and consider future control strategies,” he said.

“Although little corellas occur naturally in the north of the state, north of the South West land zone, they are believed to be becoming established in the South West as a result of aviary escapes.

“Studies such as this help us to find out more about these birds and give us options for managing them.”
Once these birds become established in the wild, they can compete with locally native species for nesting hollows and food.

This is the second phase of the introduced corella wing tagging study carried out by DPaW with support from the Shire of Harvey and local corella contractors at Feral Pest Services.

“Results from 50 corellas previously tagged in the Perth metropolitan area revealed they behaved as one population rather than a series of small groups as we previously thought,” said Mr Blythman.

“At least two birds tagged in Guildford were subsequently observed more than 40km away in Rockingham.

“Based on previous studies, we expect the little corellas tagged in Australind last weekend to be seen in Bunbury shortly and that they may travel as far as Busselton or Margaret River.”

All 10 tagged birds were fitted with individually numbered gold/orange coloured wing tags on their right wing and also had a numbered metal band fitted to their right leg.

The tagged little corellas are most likely to be spotted when feeding on the ground as a group. People who wish to approach them should look for tags on their right wings. If people have binoculars they may be able to see the two digit code on the wing tags.

People who locate the wing tagged corellas in the South West are asked to report any sightings emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including the two digit code from the wing tag where possible.

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