RE: Little Corellas

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Subject: RE: Little Corellas
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 21:51:17 +1000

The situation that Alan Morris describes concerning coastal populations of Long-billed Corellas in NSW, mirrors the situation here in SE Queensland. Long-billed Corellas are increasingly common in these parts and are regular in areas where one never saw them just a few years ago. Flocks of 20 or 30 are regular now in parts of the Lockyer Valley. They have even made their way onto my house list in the last 12 months.


It would be sad to see them out compete Galahs for nest-sites, but we can’t deny the reality that there are numerous populations of Long-billed Corellas in Queensland which appear to be growing.


In the same way that overseas species such as Spotted Doves and Common Mynahs have been accepted, albeit reluctantly, onto the Australian list, so Long-billed Corellas have I think reached the point where must be regarded as a resident and breeding Queensland bird.


Bill Jolly



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-----Original Message-----
From: [On Behalf Of Alan Morris
Sent: Tuesday, 5 August 2003 4:36 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Little Corellas at Brunswick Heads, NSW


Hi Birders,

Judith Lukin-Amundsen on 5 August 2003 raised the question as to whether the flocks of Little Corellas (and  Long-billed Corellas) that can now be found in all coastal towns from the Queensland to the Victorian border, including Brunswick Heads, are outside of their normal range or are they feral flocks. The answer yes, they are outside their "used to be" normal range, but since the 1980s small feral flocks of both species have become established in coastal urban and rural areas to the extent that these populations are now large, widespread and common! They are just as much at home on the playing fields at Bateau Bay (or Brusnwick Heads) these days as they are on the saltbush plains and mallee remnants at Swan Hill or Broken Hill! On the Central Coast, NSW both species are as common as Galahs, and as they dominate Galahs when selecting nesting holes, I wonder if they are now gradually replacing the Galahs as they fight over the same nesting holes!


Alan Morris

Records Officer, Birding NSW

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