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Little corella conservation and management

Little corellas are a native bird species which are listed as ‘unprotected’ in South Australia.

Large flocks of little corellas can have a harmful impact on the state from an economic, social and environmental perspective, including:

  • stripping the leaves off river red gums or other native and ornamental trees that they roost in
  • damaging tarpaulins covering grain bunkers, and wiring and flashing on buildings
  • taking grain from newly seeded paddocks
  • creating a noise nuisance to local residents.
Little corella by Kevin Williams

Image by Kevin Williams

Development of a state-wide management strategy

Managing little corellas and the damage they can cause has been difficult to resolve over the years. The department is now taking a different tactic and working towards creating a strategy that will help guide a coordinated management approach aimed at reducing the negative impacts little corellas can cause in communities across the state. It is anticipated that everyone will be able to play a part in managing this issue.

The first step in developing this new strategy has been a research report commissioned by the department to the University of South Australia’s Discovery Circle. This research looked at little corella issues and management options in urban and peri-urban areas across South Australia. Full results of this research can be found in Little Corellas - Social and Ecological Research for Management in South Australia. The University of South Australia’s Discovery Circle have also provided a summary report, Little Corellas: A Way Forward.

The department is reviewing the findings of the research report and in collaboration with the Local Government Association, local communities and councils to develop the state-wide strategy. 

Have your say

The draft South Australian Little Corella Management Strategy will be available for public comment at for public feedback in spring 2019.

In the meantime, the following information is available:

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