Unusual Cockatoo

To: 'Joan Lipscombe' <>, 'canberrabirds' <>
Subject: Unusual Cockatoo
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:45:27 +0000

Could be a Corella / SCC hybrid but that does not explain it. Far more likely it is a SCC with beak and feather disease. Feathers missing and the overgrown beak are typical.  


From: Joan Lipscombe [
Sent: Thursday, 29 September, 2016 8:33 PM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Unusual Cockatoo


Yesterday a white cockatoo with a long downward curving upper beak, yellow wash under wings appeared in our garden.  The bird was silent and alone.  It seemed like an old bird. It had characteristics of both a corella  (light greyish 2 toned bill, faint pink around the bill, flattish head, no obvious crest) and a sulphur crested cockatoo ( eg white skin around the eye, stocky build). A picture is attached.  Any suggestions? I wondered if it was a cross between a corella and a SC Cockatoo.  We have never seen any corellas (Little or Long-billed) in this area.



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