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Cockatiel - Aboriginal information

(Nymphicus hollandicus)
Alternative names: "Quarrion", "Cockatoo Parrot", "Weero"
Aboriginal names: "ooya", "wiyaarr" [yuwaalaraay]; "wooraling", "wira" (WA)

Size: 31-33 cm
Weight: 88-178 g

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Spiritual significance

The Cockatiel 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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