Gang Gang RFI

To: John Leonard <>
Subject: Gang Gang RFI
From: Scouler <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 18:54:36 +1100
Hello John,


To me, "Ngang-Ngang" isn't obviously an onomatoepeic rendition of the Gang-gang's weird "creaky" call. Not like the aboriginal name "weelya", which is instantly recognizable as an imitation of the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo's cry.

But isn't that the way with vocalizations of bird calls? They're highly subjective, and what seems "spot on" to one observer sounds nothing like the call in question to another.

Colin Scouler.

John Leonard wrote:

Gang-gang is fromt he Wirajuduri name for the species 'Ngang-Ngang', an onomatopoeic description of its call.

John Leonard (Dr)
PO Box 243, Woden, ACT 2606, Australia

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