Species group: Cockatoos
Other common names: Long Billed Corella; Long Billed Cockatoo; Slender Billed Cockatoo
Scientific name: Cacatua tenuirostris
The Slender-billed Corella may be thought of as a super-sized Little Corella, with its funny face and its gift of gab. Some people have claimed that the Slender-billed Corella is the best talking cockatoo of them all, and this species is well-regarded for its intelligence and its desire to entertain its owner. It is rare in captivity outside of Australia because exports of wild parrots from its Australian home were closed long before breeders learned how to reliably breed cockatoos. They are considered an under-rated cockatoo, but they're growing in popularity as a talking pet in their homeland.
Warning: Cockatoos are powder down birds, and you should not obtain a Slender-billed Corella if anyone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma. Most of them are capable of extremely loud contact calls, or early morning “wake-up calls,” and it is also strongly recommended against choosing any cockatoo if you live in an apartment or have nearby neighbors.
The Slender-billed Corella has a smallish historical range in southeastern Australia, but this intelligent and adaptable species seems to like trees near running water – the same spots that farmers like. Perhaps the crops that the farmers grow are considered a bonus. They can gather in large, boisterous flocks of up to 2,000 birds that may dig around on the ground, even in agricultural areas. Although some birds have been trapped as pets and or killed by farmers, the species as a whole seems to be expanding.
A written description doesn't really properly describe this white cockatoo with the pink face and pinkish belly. With this plumage, in theory, the Slender-billed Corella should be beautiful. In reality, the bird is often considered to be goofy or funny-looking, thanks to its long pale bill and stubby crest. It looks endearing and friendly, rather than glamorous.
485 - 650 grams (17 - 23 oz.)
37 centimeters (14.5 in.)
Behavior / temperament:
There may be more beautiful cockatoos, but it's hard to out-shine the Slender-billed Corella's reputation for high intelligence, good talking skills, and attention-loving personality. A properly socialized bird loves people and loves to play. That said, they are still cockatoos, and you should educate yourself to head off any potential problems. Don't fall into the trap of cuddling the baby 'too for hours, when you will not be able to continue that cuddling for next few decades. Set sensible limits, and teach your pet from the beginning how to enjoy toys and independent play.
The big concerns are incessant screaming, feather-plucking, and aggressive biting, especially from a hormonal adult male. Contact a parrot behaviorist ASAP if you have any questions or problems. Cockatoos are probably more often given up for rescue or rehoming than any other bird. Don't be a statistic. These birds are sharp. There's no shame in acquiring a little advanced education so that you can keep up with them.
The Slender-billed Corella with its rather long, skinny beak is not considered as “chewy” as many cockatoos, but don't be fooled. They can chew or lock-pick their way out of an ineffective cage in a surprisingly short period of time. Provide a powder-coated metal cage of at least 36” wide by 36” deep by 36” high with no more than 1” bar spacing. Please keep the cage well-supplied with disposable toys that can be chewed to destruction. Have sturdy manzanita perches in areas where you don't want to have to change the perches frequently, but also supply plenty of natural, bird-safe wood perches from unsprayed trees that your pet can chew to its heart's content.
Teach your Slender-billed Corella to step on an arm or hand-held perch on command, so that you can easily bring the bird to a play gym. Have more toys and chew items in the play space. It may sound a little counter-intuitive, but a highly intelligent cockatoo does not always understand what a toy is for, until you demonstrate by playing with the toy yourself. Remember, the more intelligent the pet, the more it learns from being taught, rather than just going by instinct.
If you have an older, aggressive male, it is particularly important to keep the play gym and cage at waist height. A bird perched at shoulder or head height may hop aboard your shoulder before you give permission. Of course, this behavior seems cute when your pet is younger, but it's best to teach him to hop on your arm, not your shoulder – and, preferably, after you give the request.
Well-socialized, properly weaned Slender-billed Corellas require a varied diet that isn't too high in fat, carbs, or simple sugars. You may offer a small seed mix, but limit access to high fat larger seeds such as sunflower. The core of the diet should be a good cockatoo pellet or a high quality commercial or homemade “soak and cook” mix that contains well-cooked beans, grains, and vegetables, as well as well-sprouted seed. Learn how to make a chopped salad containing lots of vegetables and greens, as well as some fruit. If you suspect that your bird is a little too hyper and getting too much sugar, then you can hold back the fruit for trick training, foraging games, or to offer by hand as part of a bonding exercise.
At least one breeder has described the Slender-billed Corella as a picky eater. If your pet doesn't know that an item is food, it may waste or throw the item. Demonstrate that a new food, such as a new fruit, is good to eat by eating some yourself in front of the bird.
Never feed avocado or chocolate to any cockatoo. These foods are toxic to all parrots.
Written by Elaine Radford
phrases, ideal cockatoo, words
onepersononly bird, squawking, nip
holes, ringing bells, whistle ‘Pop, twice weekly Calcivit, bird flight suits
Fred was brought into our family when we found his as an infant. Ever since, he has been taught many words and phrases over time, his favourite being “Hello Fred”. One of my favourite things to do with his is whistle ‘Pop goes the weasel’ while bobbing up and down. His reaction is priceless! He can’t get enough of it.
Unfortunately, he is a one-person-only bird. In this case, he’ll only ever let me pet him. Anyone else will get a nip on the finger! He loves scratches on his head, so it’s a shame he won’t let anybody else do it.
In his own time, he’s often found ringing bells and digging holes. Actually, if we let him be, he’d just about dig a hole big enough for him to fit into! He’s not noisy, only squawking and talking when somebody is around his cage.
He is very easily manageable, in terms of habitat and diet, and completes the family..
From Womagranart May 11 2014 1:14AM
Right, I am going to try and keep this short and sweet!! I got Noora from Barrett Watson who is an internationally well renowned parrot breeder. He resides in the UK. I never owned a cockatoo before apart from budgies, doves and a cockatiel. So I did a lot of research and homework on the ideal cockatoo. I got in touch with Barrett and he highly recommended the eastern long billed Corella. Noora was weaned off at 14 weeks and I kept regular contact with Barrett about her progress. After several weeks of anticipation, Barrett brought her over and amazingly Noora stepped up on my hand on command! She was so tame that life was made easier for me. Its very important to get any cockatoo from a good breeder to prevent human imprinting in their baby years. Barrett raises babies in either a crèche with other babies or gets parents to rear them. Anyway, Noora soon settled in, although she used to cry a lot looking for reassurance and of course food! I was told she had an enormous appetite which I found out sooner! When I knew she was well fed, than I used to leave her crying and soon she would stop. She is now seven months old and her crying has reduced a lot. She cries and tries to attack her own reflection in the mirror! She loves to be around the family, loves her cuddles though not excessively as a Molouccan cockatoo. She is an independent bird and after cuddling session is over, she goes back to her business i.e eating! She was raised on pellets but when she arrived she only wanted seeds. After several weeks I had to put my foot down and now she is on a mix of Kayatee Rainbow chunks, Tropical cockatoo mix with nuts and very little seeds and topped with fresh fruits and veggies. I also give her twice weekly Calcivit in her water. She loves chamomile tea! She shares her play gym with my CAG (congo grey) and GCC (green cheeked conure). She and the conure are totally inseparable! they snuggle together, kiss, preen and feed each other. On the other hand she and the CAG are bickering and trying to show off their dominance! She gets her six weekly bath with bird shampoo and sprays in between as she does produce a lot of dander. I have had to invest in air purifiers. She loves being outdoors and she has been clipped for her safety as the first day she arrived she got caught in the chandelier when she took her indoor flight! She also wears reusable bird flight suits with disposable pads hence there is no poop anywhere except in her nappies! I would highly recommend these to anyone who is tired of the mess which is pretty unhygienic considering if you have kids in the house! They are available from Avian Fashion in USA. I have read that corellas can learn to talk which is not a big thing for me. At present she continues to 'honk' and also makes a weird sound which may seem like a laughter! She is very affectionate and a 'darling'! She loves to shred, hence I provide her with loads of cardboard and paper and also twigs. If anyone is looking for a cockatoo which is not as loud as a Molouccan or sulphur crested, I would highly recommend the Corella and best to get them when they are babies from a reputable breeder. I would never purchase any big birds from a pet shop. I can hear Noora crying now, as its time to tuck her in for the night! Kiss, kiss!.
From Missbusybody Jan 21 2015 6:22PM