re : Aboriginal Bird Names

Subject: re : Aboriginal Bird Names
From: Barbara Stewart <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 16:27:12 +1000
>Steve Martin wrote
>For thos bird folk interested in Aboriginal bird names, the following 
>publication has just been published by the Australian Institute of 
>Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, GPO Box 553, Canberra, 
>ACT 2601.
>Ngiyampaa wordworld 1, Thipingku yuwi, maka ngiya, names of bords and 
>other words, compiled by Tamsin Donaldson.
>In the Ngiyampaa language a zebra finch is muulyii, emu is ngurruy, 
>emu chick wungka, wood duck, kunaaru, etc etc etc.

Another book I have which has many Aboriginal bird names is 'Birds of
Western Australia', Serventy & Whittell, 1962. It has Aboriginal names for
most land birds and in many instances gives names used by various tribes for
the same bird.

David Stewart (Mullumbimby)

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