RE: Bird Names

To: "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: RE: Bird Names
From: "Johnson, Fiona" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 12:15:35 +1000
The Uluru National Park has a bird brochure for the area giving both English
and Aboriginal common names.  Interestingly, the Aboriginal names frequently
did not go to the species level - there was (I think) one name for "hawks"
or "eagles" etc.

Fiona Johnson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Osborn, Paul PR [SMTP:
> Sent: Tuesday, 16 June, 1998 9:28 AM
> To:   'Birding-aus'
> Subject:      RE: Bird Names
> > Does anyone know of any Aboriginal names for some of our birds that
> > are not
> > presently in common use? 
> > 
> > Susan Myers
> > phone: +61 3 9819 2539
> > Email:Susan Myers 
> > 
> In 'Poor Fellow My Country' by Xavier Herbert the Willie Wagtail is
> given the aboriginal name of Kikkirrijirrit (I may have some of the
> double letters here wrong), which I think is a fabulous name, capturing
> the bird's call as well as its animated 'personality'. 
> The Brown Falcon has retained its aboriginal name in its species name,
> berigora.
> Paul Osborn

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