Budgerigar - Aboriginal information
Alternative names: "Shell Parrot", "Warbling Grass-parrot", "Canary Parrot", "Zebra Parrot", "Love-bird"
Aboriginal names: "budgerigah", "betcherrygah", "gidjirrigaa" [gamilaraay, yuwaalaraay]; "dingleyerong" (WA); "gilgilga", "cathathara" ("katatara"), "coolyerrin"
Size: 17-20 cm
Weight: 30-40 g
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The Budgerigar features in some Aboriginal creation stories. A few examples are reproduced or listed here.
K. L. Parker (J. Lambert ed.) tells the story of "The Redbreasts", about Ooya and Gidgerigar (p. 104; Inner Traditions International, 1993 ed.). This story explains how Ooya and Gidgerigar were transformed into birds before being taken to heaven.
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