Family Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Least Concern

Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris)


French: Cacatoès nasique German: Nasenkakadu Spanish: Cacatúa picofina
Other common names: Slender-billed Corella

Psittacus tenuirostris


, 1820,

New South Wales, Australia


Formerly considered conspecific with C. pastinator, incorporating C. sanguinea; on current evidence, the three forms probably best considered to constitute three separate species. Monotypic.


Riverina of SC New South Wales S to S Victoria and SE South Australia.

Descriptive notes

37–40 cm; 500–600 g. Mostly white, with small 33–34 mm crest; lores and forehead orange-scarlet, with scarlet band across throat; underwing and undertail... read more


Flight call is a nasal bisyllabic or trisyllabic “ke-wheh” or “ke-re-weh”, the latter typically... read more


Grassy eucalypt woodland (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. fasciculosa, E. ovata... read more

Food and feeding

Uses specialized bill to dig up underground storage organs of a variety of native plants, many of which have now become rare; corellas now... read more


Laying Jul–Oct. Nest is decaying wood at bottom of tree hollow up to 25 m above ground. Several pairs may nest in one tree, in... read more


Resighting of individually wing-tagged birds showed that species does not travel long distances; 85... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently secure; species continues to expand its distribution, and is even afforded pest status in some areas. Future concern over... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 May 2019).