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Western Corella | Cacatua pastinator photo
Western Corella (also known as the Western Long-billed Corella)

Image by Steve Wilson - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Western Corella | Cacatua pastinator photo
Muir's or Western corella (Cacatua pastinator pastinator) taken in Perth, Western Australia

Image by D. Gordon E. Robertson - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



WESTERN CORELLA FACTS

Description
The Western Corella is a white cockatoo with cockatoo with short white crest that it can raise. The eye is surrounded by a greyish blue ring of bare skin, and there is a small pink patch between the eye and the bill. The underside of the wings and tail are light yellow. They are social birds and may be seen in large flocks. there are two subspecies Muir's Corella (C. pastinator pastinator) and Butler's Corella (C. pastinator butleri).

Other Names
Western Long-billed Corella

Size
40cm - 48cm

Habitat
open woodland, riverside woodland

Food
seeds, grain, roots, insect larvae

Breeding
nests in tree hollow where it lays two or three white eggs

Range
found only in the south west parts of Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Cacatua pastinator in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Cacatuidae
Genus:Cacatua
Species:pastinator
Common Name:Western Corella

Relatives in same Genus
  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (C. galerita)
  Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (C. leadbeateri)
  Galah (C. roseicapilla)
  Little Corella (C. sanguinea)
  Long-billed Corella (C. tenuirostris)