Little Corellas at Brunswick Heads, NSW

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Subject: Little Corellas at Brunswick Heads, NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 16:36:27 +1000
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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