Western or Little Corella? Update No 1

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Subject: Western or Little Corella? Update No 1
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 20:23:13 +1000
After sorting through my collection of Corella images taken in various parts of Australia, I think I can answer my own question.
It looks like the corellas I saw in Bold Park, Perth, WA, were Little Corellas.
The longer-billed birds were adults and the shorter-billed birds were juveniles.

A couple of people have suggested that Western Corellas are unlikely in Perth although I have seen a comment that they could occur in the 'northern suburbs'.
Bold Park is not in what I would call a northern suburb.
Maps in The Atlas and HANZAB seem to indicate that Western Corella has been seen in the Perth area but the text in HANZAB does not describe the species as occurring there. Some personal comments and some field guides indicate that Western Corella has some pink colouring on the throat (Little Corella has none) whereas HANZAB refers to pinkish bases to the throat feathers which can sometimes be seen when the bird is preening or when ruffled by wind. The same statement is made in HANZAB about Little Corella.
It is all a conspiracy to confuse me.

I have added to the web-page at
some images of Little Corellas I have seen in various parts of Australia so that comparisons can be made with the images from WA.

I've learnt something but I haven't seen a Western Corella, that is obvious.


Bob Inglis


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