Corella parrots: care and maintenance at home


Corellas are gullible, sociable (but at the same time do not crack without a hitch and do not make too much noise), learn easily and quickly become tame. By this they resemble their more famous compatriots - wavy parrots. True, speaking Corella is a rather rare phenomenon.

The length of the bird is 30-33 cm, weight is about 90 g. The females are light gray with brown spots on their cheeks. Males are dark gray with a lemon yellow head and orange cheeks. The tail feathers are dark blue, almost black. The main decoration of both females and males is the tuft with olive-green tips of feathers, which is in constant motion, showing a change in the mood of the bird. The beak is small, bent down. In young birds, the paws and beak are lighter. Not so long ago, several artificially derived colors appeared - white, yellow and spotted varieties.

Corella can be kept by families, they are compatible with wavy parrots, as well as canaries, weavers and other small birds - to offend little ones not in their rules. Corella bites very rarely.

Corella content: what should be the cell

When choosing a cage for Corella, do not forget that this bird is active and mobile, and in cramped conditions it will be completely uncomfortable. In addition, in a cage “out of size” the bird can damage the limbs. Therefore, the size of the housing for one bird can not be less than 50 × 40 × 60 cm, but it is recommended to still give the apartment a parrot more spacious. For a Corell pair, you will need a cage with a size of 100x40x60 cm, and even better to keep them in a cage with a size of 150x60x90 cm, where parrots can fly.

Unlike the same cockatoo, the cage does not need to rely on the strength of a cheetah - its frame may be wooden. But the rods - only stainless or chrome, any sharp paint beak sent into the stomach. It is better if the cage will be longer in length than in height, and stand on the dais - so the bird is more comfortable. Put several poles at different heights, put branches with bark, scalded with boiling water. Feeders are better to attach to the walls - so hygienic. Do not forget about the fun for the bird - equip the cage with a mirror, a bell, other toys.

The floor of the cage is best covered with sand. If this is not possible for any reason, clean sand should be poured into a flatbed.

The parrot loves water baths, so the bathing must be necessary.

Temperature and light modes

The optimum temperature for keeping Corell is 18-25 ° C. However, one of the features of these parrots is that they tolerate a temporary drop in temperature rather well. Of course, in drafts and frost they cannot be kept in any way, but the temperature around + 10 ° C will not harm them.

Also, Corell owners need to know the following. In the distant homeland of these parrots there are clear seasonal variations in the duration of the light and dark time of the day. In the summer, the daylight time for birds lasts 14 hours, in the winter - 10 hours. A similar regime is recommended to be created when keeping Corell at home.

It is also recommended to install and from time to time turn on the UV lamp - a source of bird health.

What to feed the cockatiel?

Beginner lovers of these parrots may have questions - what to feed the cockatiel and are there any particularities in the content of these birds? There are few features in general, but the general recommendations are exactly the same as for the maintenance of other types of parrots. The main thing is that a bird should never receive any food from a person’s table.

The main feed is special cereal mixtures. The amount of dry food is usually limited to two tablespoons per day. It is important not to overfeed your crested pet. And of course, we must not forget about a variety of fruits, berries and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are cut into slices and strengthened with special clothespins on the bars of the cage.

In addition to the main feed from time to time (1-2 times a week) and gradually give the bird boiled eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, chopped nuts, cereals.

Do not forget about the mineral dressing (it is very important): it can be special mineral stones, either a loose dressing, or an eggshell.

In winter, about 10% of the grain is recommended to be germinated. To do this, the grain mixture or millet is filled with water (water should slightly cover the grain). Three days later, the water is drained, the grains are dried and given to the bird. You can germinate grains of wheat or oats on green shoots, and you can buy vitamin grass in the store.

Be sure to offer a winged friend a sprig of fruit trees (cherries, cherries, apples). But the branches of oak, birch, bird cherry, poplar, and conifers are categorically not suitable. In winter, willow twigs, previously put in a jar of water for a week, are useful. In the spring - branches with buds (except poplar and birch), aspen and alder are best. In the summer - branches with leaves, as well as dandelion (all parts of the plant, except the root), wood lice.

It is very useful to feed the immature weed seeds to the carallae. Parrots are known to be from Australia, and live in arid regions of the continent. Moreover, they multiply with the beginning of the rainy season and feed the chicks with immature seeds. So the use of seeds laid at the genetic level.

In time, change the water in the watering system and remove the uneaten food. The bird can easily get poisoned and sick.

"Talk" Corell

In principle, practically all parrots can talk or imitate to one degree or another - silence parrots do not exist in nature. All parrots scream, whistle and sing. Almost everyone is able to imitate various sounds: the voices of other birds and domestic animals, human speech, etc. The ability to speak is an individual feature of each bird, a kind of “talent”.

The most talkative parrots - Jaco, macaw and wavy parrots speak well. But many prefer the less talkative Corellas, since they are extraordinarily beautiful and perfectly suitable for home keeping parrots. They are neither silent, nor talkers.

Correllians rarely reproduce human speech, but mimic sounds quite well - singing, whistling, etc.

Some species of parrots scream when they want the owner to pay attention to them, others meet the sunrise with loud cries, others scream when they are alone or something else does not suit them. Like all parrots, Corellas also scream, but they do it very rarely. Only a scared or agitated bird can scream shrill and loud. And this is their great advantage over all other types of parrots.

Communication with Corella. The first days in the new house

Corella is very contacty, but at the same time unobtrusive and will not attract the attention of the owners with loud cries.

If you want to get absolutely hand-made bird, it is better to purchase a very small parrot and feed it yourself. If you do not have the opportunity or the time for it, take a bird at the age of three months, which the mother fed the bird.

However, be prepared for the fact that, once in a new environment, the bird will be shy at first. Do not force events, let her get used to a new house, and to you - in the first weeks of your stay in your apartment do not take it in hand and do not disturb. Try for this time to put a cage with a parrot so that the bird looked at you from top to bottom. Warn households, especially children, not to focus attention on the bird's behavior.

If the newcomer is too shy, for a while the cage can be covered with tulle. This will give the bird vigor and relieve it from unnecessary experiences, because it will see everything that is happening around, but at the same time it will feel more secure.

All parrots, including Corellas, perfectly communicate with their owners, but this does not mean that they only dream about how their owners would take them in their arms. Birds do not like hands. Moreover, you should not disturb the bird in the period of adaptation to the new situation, which lasts up to two or three weeks. It will take time, and the bird will decide for itself where it is better to stay - on the head, shoulder or hand of the host. And for the first time a parrot stays in your house, it is better not to stick to it at all, and you should approach the cage only to feed a pet or to clean it.

After 2-3 weeks, when the bird gets used to a new place, you can begin to accustom her to closer communication. To do this, try to notice that the pet loves the most, and, coming up to the cage, show the bird a favorite delicacy, talk to it, praise, call by name. When a bird notices a treat and becomes interested in it, put it in a cage. Over time, hold the cage hand longer, ensuring that the pet takes the treat directly from the hand.

Flying around the apartment

In whatever spacious housing a parrot lived, sometimes it needs to be let fly around the apartment. It is better to make the first flight in the evening or in the afternoon, but with the windows closed with curtains. Otherwise a nuisance can happen - a young flyer who does not know the flight space will hit the pane of glass. Another problem is returning home, i.e. in the cage. And this issue every owner decides in his own way. However, there are general recommendations. First of all, never bring food to a pet that has gone wild - it should only be in a cage, then a hungry aviator will or not return. If the bird, as they say, is sold out and is not going to return to the cage at all, close the curtains and turn off the lights in the room. Try to notice where the lost parrot will sit - in the dark you can easily take it in your hands and escort the prodigal bird to your native land.

Releasing the feathered friend in the “free flight” around the apartment, please note that this is, after all, a parrot. Therefore, do not be offended by your pet for gnawed wallpaper, curtains or books.

general information

This bird was brought from Australia. At home, parrots often live in forests along river waters. They settle on dry branches, on which birds are almost invisible due to their gray color. Corella parrots have another name - nymphs. So they were called because of the beauty of the plumage. The color of the parrots depends on their subspecies, but the males always have more saturated colors and this is different from the females. Gray birds with a yellow head and orange spots on their cheeks are more common. But there are subspecies with a different color. Their constant color Corell acquire one year old. Particularly attractive in a parrot is a high tuft on the back of his head, and he gives the nymph a sweet look. The body size of the bird reaches about 33 cm. The tail is about 15 cm long.

Coral content

These birds can be kept in a large cage or in an aviary. They can live side by side not only with representatives of their own species, but also, for example, with budgerigars. Also, birds usually get used to a person who treats them well, and they like to spend time in such a company. Corella parrots are not picky creatures, and it is not much effort to contain them. But to pay special attention to home equipment for them is still worth it. For a comfortable well-being, a bird needs approximately 1.5 m 2. If the choice is in front of a wide, but low cell, or narrow, but extended upwards, then it is better to choose the first option. Further, it is important to equip the interior of the pet's house. Like many other birds, Corella parrots love ladders and perches of fruit tree branches. You will also need to take a separate place for feeding, install water and a mirror. Sometimes you can put your pet bath tub. To spend the night and eat the bird should be in his cage.

Other subtleties for the care of a winged pet

We must not forget that this bird comes from Australia, so who is the pet and needs warmth, so this is Corella. Parrot at home should always be kept at a temperature not lower than 20 degrees. Optimally, if the air is heated in the range of 20 - 25 0 C. If this figure is even a little lower in an apartment, then it is advisable to purchase an additional heater for the aviary or cage. In some cases, for this purpose suitable lamp. But we must not forget to monitor the humidity of the air. Do not allow dryness and excessive moisture, as this affects the health of the inhabitants of the cell. In addition, the bird needs fresh air. Therefore, make sure that the room was not stuffy. But at the same time it is impossible to allow drafts.

Bird diet

It is worth paying special attention to feeding the parrot. This is important because the lifespan of your pet will directly depend on the quality of its diet. No need to give Corell food from your table, because it is poorly or not absorbed by the birds at all. For nymphs fit cereal mixtures. They love wheat, sunflower seed, flax, oats, corn, etc. Yet this is not enough to maintain their health. You also need to treat your feathered pet with fresh vegetables and fruits (they should be finely chopped). Keep in mind that Corella parrots are wary of unfamiliar products that are new to them, so if they didn’t have, for example, apples in the diet, they should be introduced gradually. To do this, you can chop the fruit and mix a small amount of it with the main feed. The bird will definitely try, and if she likes the novelty, she will already be happy to eat it. Coral parrots usually prefer plums, apples, peaches, cherry plums, pears, cherries and especially citrus fruits. If the fruit has small bones, it is better to remove them. Also nymphs useful to feast on cucumbers, carrots, beets, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It will not be superfluous if you add chopped nuts and dandelion leaves to the feeder with grains. It is worth remembering that it is impossible to overfeed birds, and a day and a half tablespoons of grains is enough for them. If the individual is large, then you can give two spoons. To this is added some fruit or vegetables.


Many of those who got himself such a pet were very pleased. However, the owners of these birds can have a variety of questions. For example, how to tame them, how to distinguish females from males, how often they get sick and how long they live. Over time, the parrot Corella becomes the pet of the family, so knowing the answers to these questions is very important. The most exciting topic is the bird's lifespan. It can be said that much depends on the quality of its content, but if the conditions are decent, then Corella will please its owners for about 20 years.

Risk factors

Unfortunately, sometimes the factors that have nothing to do with the feeding ration also affect the life span of the parrot. For example, the negligence of the owner can lead to the death of a pet. As soon as the owner notices changes in the mood and activity of the bird, she must be taken to the veterinarian without delay. Also, the windows in the room where the parrot lives should be closed so that the pet does not fly away, because on the street it will most likely die. Make sure the electrical wires are always hidden, as the bird can eat them and die. In addition, mirrors or glass can carry a hazard, Corella can break on these objects. It is important to think about the ways in which these accidents can be prevented, and then your parrot Corella will delight you for many years. Photos of these birds show how fun and funny this pet can be.

Subtleties in circulation

To make your new friend comfortable, it is important to behave and remember a few rules with him. So, you can never catch a cockatila with your hands, otherwise you will have to exert ten times more effort to stop the bird from fearing you. It is best to open the cage and wait patiently until the pet itself flies into it for a treat or for relaxation. Also it is impossible against the will of the parrot to get him out of the house. In addition, you must love your winged baby to create a close emotional connection. Spend time near his home more often, but do not be intimidated by his tapping on the bars, pestering or loud noises.

Taming features

Of all the cockatoo species, the Corella parrot is the most malleable. Photos of these birds, trustingly sitting on the hands of their owners, can mislead novice owners. After all, in order that the pet is not afraid of you, you need to be patient, because this process is often labor-intensive. So, how to tame a parrot Corella to become a real member of the family? It is worth remembering that food is the strongest motivator for birds, but one cannot “hunter” a nymph with hunger, since in this case, it may, on the contrary, run wild. Offer your Corella food in your fingers through the bars of the cage or in the palm of your hand, but do not insist. After a time, when the parrot begins to trust you, he will begin to take the delicacy from his hands. The palm should be brought slowly and from below so as not to frighten the pet. It is also worth remembering that if the Corella hisses or even bites, then the pet does not have confidence in you. Не нужно настаивать на контакте, а просто проводите время около клетки и время от времени угощайте фруктами через прутья. До окончания приручения лучше не выпускать птицу из клетки.

Как определить пол

Те, кто решил завести нимфу, должны уметь различать пол птицы. Конечно, легче всего определить половую принадлежность у взрослой особи. Так, самка попугая корелла отличается от самца своим окрасом. Женские особи имеют менее яркий окрас. Unlike the males, their head is greyish with reddish cheeks. The lower part of the tail is yellowish, while in males the tail is entirely gray, the tone is darker than the rest of the plumage. Also, the females under the wings have small oval spots of light color.

The sex of the parrots of the yellow subspecies is more difficult to determine, since both the male and the female have a yellow color. But girls under the tail have dark yellow transverse stripes, and under the wings - many spots of a deeper tone than the main plumage.

The gender of the white nymphs is even harder to distinguish, so it’s better to look at the behavior of the birds. Males can knock on objects with their beaks and often sing. Also, they, sitting on the perch, try to put the paws close to each other. Females, as a rule, sit a little lower and move their legs apart. Also, their lower part is wider than in males.

As for young birds, it is impossible to determine their gender before the first molt.

Home security

Before a new family member appears in your home, you need to prepare everything you need to ensure the care and maintenance of the Corella. Parrots are kept at home, so you must first take care of the safety of the apartment.

Corella - very curious birds who love to poke their beak everywhere. They can be accidentally injured, poisoned and even killed. In order not to harm the pet, you will have to remove the following items:

  • sticking wires
  • containers with liquids
  • jars with chemicals
  • bin,
  • houseplants,
  • small items: buttons, beads, needles and so on,
  • glass, easily breakable items.

If you have small children, explain to them in advance how to deal with the Corella. The child must understand that the bird is not a toy, so be always nearby and watch their games. Otherwise, the child may hurt or scare the Coral, causing it to either close in itself or become aggressive.

Required items

Corella can not constantly freely fly around the apartment. Be sure to buy a bird cage and equip it with everything you need:

  • two feeders for main and additional food,
  • two to four perches of birch, lime, apple, willow or pear,
  • drinking bowl
  • bathing.

Feeders and watering can be installed in such a way that the parrot can reach them, sitting on the perch. Choose items made from non-toxic materials with no sharp edges or defects. They should be well attached to the cage walls so as not to fall under the weight of the bird. Do not forget to wash the feeders and drinker before changing food and water.

Perches (perches) can be bought at the pet store. Corellas love to gnaw everything, so do not purchase plastic, rubber or cement perches. The best choice is wooden perches. You can do it yourself. Trees, from the branches of which you will make the perch, should be as far as possible from the roadway. The bark is not necessary to remove - the pet will do it himself.

It is desirable to provide Corella toys. They can entertain the parrot when you are busy. Such accessories not only diversify the bird's life, but also help it to develop properly. Each toy has its own purpose.

Items made of wood or paper will distract the bird from damage to property. Musical accessories will entertain the parrot while singing. Ladders, ropes and swings are needed for physical development. And puzzles make the bird quicker.

Lonely parrots can put a mirror. Communicating with reflection can save the cockatiel from longing for their fellows. However, the mirror is an individual item. Some birds may take their reflection for an opponent or a representative of the opposite sex. In this case, it is better to remove the mirror, otherwise mental disorders such as depression may begin in the parrot.

You can make toys for your pet by yourself. From wooden beads or eggs from under kinder surprises you can make a garland. And you can strung pieces of an apple or carrot on a thick line - your pet will definitely be so happy. But do not forget to remove such an edible toy when some fruits start to deteriorate.

Watch out for the integrity of the toys and immediately throw away the broken ones. Otherwise, the parrot can get hurt about sharp edges or choke on a broken piece.

Equip a cage, do not get carried away. No need to veil the home of a parrot with a variety of accessories. He needs a lot of room to maneuver. Jumping from a perch to a perch, he must not touch anything with his wings and tail.

Optimal climate

Corella is originally from Australia, where a hot and humid climate reigns, suitable for their habitat. Parrots living at home should be as comfortable as on their own continent. Your task is to organize a microclimate for birds, similar to the natural one.

Need to take care of the right lighting. In the hot season, the pet needs sunbathing. On clear warm days, take the bird cage to the balcony for a maximum of half an hour. Direct sunlight can burn the parrot, so create a shadow, curtain a portion of the cell with cotton cloth.

If it is not possible to walk Coralla in the open air, create artificial lighting in the room. You will be helped by ultraviolet lamps. Their light is as close to natural as possible. Do not place the lamp near the cage closer than fifty centimeters.

Cage with a parrot should be in a quiet place where there are no batteries and drafts. Do not put a cage in the kitchen - this is not the right place for the bird. There, she risks poisoning herself with the smell of burning Teflon or burn over the burner.

The correct location of the cage is not the only condition for the normal maintenance of the pet. In the room where Corella lives, there should be a temperature of twenty to twenty-five degrees and a humidity of sixty to seventy percent.

Also, you need to maintain a certain light mode - the parrot should sleep from ten to fourteen hours depending on the time of year.

Failure to follow the above rules often leads to various complications with the health of the Corella: from problems with plumage to reduced immunity and weakening of the body. In advanced cases, the pet may die due to illness.

Emotional impact

Buying a parrot Coral, get ready for the fact that he will require your maximum attention. After all, these birds can not long be alone. Daily communication with you, games and conversations will save the pet from depression, apathy and aggressive state.

For the full development and happiness of a parrot, it is necessary to periodically let out free walks around the room. Corella love to walk on the floor, sit on upholstered furniture. Therefore, be careful when moving around the house so as not to step on or sit down on the bird, not to squeeze it with the door.

If there are animals in the house, you will have to constantly ensure that they do not cripple the parrot during its walk. Be sure to close the windows when you let the bird fly around the room.

Suitable diet

Corella parrots are granivorous birds, so the basis of their diet is grain. You can buy him a grain mixture, which includes oats, millet, canary seed, raw sunflower seeds, wheat, corn, rapeseed, seeds of wild flowers, sesame and hemp, nuts. You can feed a mono feed - separate types of grains.

In addition to the main feed, the pet must be given an extra: low-fat cottage cheese, boiled eggs. Also in the poultry diet should include seasonal vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs and various mineral supplements. In winter, when there are few seasonal vegetables and fruits, you can add liquid vitamin complexes to the water. Artificial vitamins begin to give, when the Corella is one year old.

Do not feed poultry with expired or spoiled food. Food from your table is also banned - nothing salty, sweet, fried, smoked, marinated. Korelle can not pour coffee, tea, alcohol, cocoa - only pure water or natural juices, for example, beetroot or carrot.

Cell cleaning

The content of the parrot includes periodic cleaning of the cage. If this is not done, mold and fungus may appear. Because of this, Corella can catch an infection or get poisoned.

Twice a week it is necessary to wash the cage and its equipment with warm water. To facilitate the process, you can use an old toothbrush, which can easily cope with dried food debris and droppings. After that, you need to wipe all the objects dry, and fill the pallet with special sand or cover with clean writing paper.

Bird care

Always monitor your pet. If you have any suspicions, contact your veterinarian for advice. Remember - timely treatment can save the bird's life.

Read more about how to care for your feathered friend, read the article "Care for parrot Corella."

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Care and feeding

The health of the bird directly depends on the diet. It should include seeds, but do not exaggerate their number. Experts say that because of the high fat content, seeds should make up only 30% of the diet.

Many breeders get special feed for Corell. He is already balanced and has the necessary vitamins. However, there are add-ons that are very useful for parrots.

In particular, you should pay attention to fresh fruits and vegetables. First, the parrot can abandon them, but in this case it is necessary to show perseverance.

You can also add protein products to the seeds. It can be boiled meat, legumes, boiled eggs. But all the components - in small quantities. To diversify the diet of the bird can and with the help of germinated seeds.

Prohibited products for parrot Corella

Many veterinary doctors recommend avoiding some fruits and vegetables: avocados, persimmons, potatoes, and eggplants. Mango and papaya are also banned, although this concerns only fresh fruit. In dried form, their pieces are often found in imported feed.

Some ornithologists do not recommend including parsley and various herbs in the Coral diet. In their opinion, a large number of essential components in greens adversely affect the health of birds.

You can not feed the parrots fatty, salty and sweet foods, coffee or tea, alcohol, citrus seeds, apples and pears. You should also abandon canned food, seafood, fish and meat.

Human saliva is no less dangerous for parrots; therefore, it is absolutely impossible to feed your feathered pet out of your mouth.

Care of the cage of the parrot Corella at home

By virtue of its playfulness and activity, the corella cannot be contained in a small cell. Be sure to provide her with space.

Opinions about the minimum size of the enclosure or cage, many experts disagree. But one can definitely say that a good solution would be to buy a “house” with a size of at least 50x50x65 cm.

If you choose between a horizontal or vertical cell, stop at the first option. They are more suitable for exercise and climbing, which is very fond of this type of parrot.

To facilitate cleaning, many cages have lower removable trays.

Breeding parrot Corell

If you plan on breeding birds in the future, more time will be needed to care for the parrots. This should immediately be considered. In addition, do not expect them to pay attention to your person. Most likely, the parrots will be busy with each other and will not want to communicate.

If the couple is preparing to replenish the family, they cannot be moved to another cell or the conditions of detention cannot be changed. Only when the chicks are about one and a half months, they can be separated from each other.

Comments (9)

12/24/2015 at 19:49 | #

We bought a 3-month-old Corella boy on December 4, 2015, at first he sat there did not move in a cage (it’s a big rectangular one) is very fearful, but after two weeks he eats from his hands, but we’re afraid to let go of the cage from the cage didn’t want to come in. I cheated on it and gave it a cage, and the cage stood on the floor and put it in a cage, I have experience with a parrot. We had Chico, too, an Australian redtail, green-tailed carelessness took off and bought this Coralla hour, all over again ...

12/25/2015 at 1:56 pm | #

On my profile is my Kokosh, but it bothers me that he eats from his hands and sits on his arm, but only when there is food there and how to accustom him to his hand without food?