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Managing little corellas in South Australia

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.

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 co-ordinated management approach aimed at reducing the negative impacts little corellas can cause in regional 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 recently 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. Results of this research can be found in Little Corellas - Social and Ecological Research for Management in South Australia.

The department is now reviewing the findings of the research report and in collaboration with the Local Government Association, local communities and councils, Natural Resource Management Boards and private landholders will develop the state-wide strategy. 

Have your say

There will be plenty of opportunities to have your input into the development of the state-wide little corella management strategy over the coming months, so stay tuned. 

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