How many corellas? Count the legs and divide by two
By Judy Evans
June 7, 2016 8:04am CST
On our trip north to Paynes Find in Western Australia, we stopped at Wubin to fuel up our bus/motorhome. There is a big parking area there where 'double' road-trains can hook up to another trailer and become 'triple' road-trains. The maximum length for a triple is 53.5 metres which is 58.5 yards. These can VERY long and a bit intimidating whatever other vehicle you happen to be driving. Wubin is only a small town but I stepped out of the bus to a cacophony of noise. I've recently written about Western Australia's black cockatoos and how raucous they can be. In Wubin, the noise was coming from dozens of white cockatoos or what we know as corellas. There are six species of corella which is a subgenus Licmetis in the genus Cacatua. Only three of the species are found in Australia. They are relatively small with pale bills and some red to the face. They flew overhead in a great swathe of white before settling in a tree near the roadhouse. I didn't attempt to count them. But there were a lot!
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• Toronto, Ontario
14 Jun 16
@JudyEv Wow that is a shame- and then no one knows what to do about an ensuing problem- in Canada we have the Canada goose that seems to be everywhere- especially by the lakes where they can take over. What to do? As they don't want to kill them.