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brolga, Grus rubicundus

oykonb (inh -)
oygonb (inh -)
okorrokorr (inh -)
thuulka (minha -)
korr'o (minha -)
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Uw Oykangand
in Pakanh
in Pakanh

sarus crane, Grus antigone

erranggulph (inh -)
arranggulb (inh -)
thuulka (minha -)
in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola
in Pakanh


Brolga, Grus rubicundus

The brolga, Grus rubicundus (family Gruidae), is a large grey crane characteristic of the lowland floodplains. The sarus crane Grus antigone is very similar. They differ only slightly, in the amount of red on the upper neck.

In Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy this bird is called inyjarag arrgi ibmbun idhan, which means "the bird that scratches the ground."

Brolga figures in certain traditional stories, particularly Emu and Brolga Story. This is an account of a fight between emu and brolga. Brolga's head was wounded in the fight, giving him a red mark on his head.

Traditional practice pregnant women from eating brolga and crane: arrngg ilg, ar ijal, "don't eat 'em if you're pregnant."

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.
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