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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
- Aboriginal information

(Cacatua galerita)
Alternative name: "White Cockatoo"
Aboriginal names: "gehr" [western bundjalung]; "gayambula" [ngadjon]; "kaneky", "mooyi", "kogga-longo", "arunta", "korina", "kudrungoo", "moorai", "nannawarra", "tingari"

Size: 45-50 cm
Weight: 835 g (average)

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Spiritual significance

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo features in Aboriginal creation stories. A few examples are reproduced or listed here.

R. A. Roberts and C. P. Mountford tell the story of "The Wedge-tailed Eagle, the White Cockatoo and the Blanket Lizard" (1968 ed.), p. 30. This story explains how Yurumu, the Eagle-man, took revenge on Kilpuruna for cheating on him with his wife, Narina. While Kilpuruna turns into a Blanket Lizard, Narina turns into a Sulphur-crested (White) Cockatoo.

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