I used to live in Parap. The original call was actually onomatopoeic and I
don't know that it is Top End Indigenous in origin - there was a rumour that
it was transported from elsewhere in Australia.
The Kunwinjku (western Arnhem Land) names for Red-tailed Black Cockatoo are
Karnamarr or Ngarnarrh.
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on 25/2/10 10:08 PM, Chris Gregory at wrote:
> Nothing to do withYTBC's I am afraid but Parap a suburb of Darwin was
> originally Paraparap until the 60's when in good old Aussie fashion it
> was shortened to Parap. The name means Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the
> Aboriginal language. Maybe there is YTBC suburb or town lurking out there
> Chris Gregory
> On 25 February 2010 21:10, Cas and Lisa Liber <>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> was developing a page on the Yellow-tailed Black cockatoo on wikipedia
>> I have Wylah (Hunter region) and Ngaoaraa (dharawal) as aboriginal names.
>> Has anyne heard of other legends or names, or even ewhich specific language
>> Wylah comes from?
>> also , if I look up Mount Langi Ghiran which is supposed to mean "Home of
>> the Black Cockatoo", there seems to be sources saying it is both/either
>> Yellow or Red-tailed....
>> all input and references much welcomed
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