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Red-capped Robin - Aboriginal information

(Petroica goodenovii)
Alternative name: "Redhead"
Aboriginal names: "bullawang", "choondah", "tarongo"; "awi irta" [yura ngawarla]; "wi-oombeen", "guniibuu" [yuwaalaraay]; "menekedang" (WA)

Size: 11-12 cm; wing span 15-19.5 cm
Weight: 7-9 g

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Spiritual significance

The Red-capped Robin (often called "Red Breast Robin") features in Aboriginal creation stories. A few examples are reproduced or listed here.

Clem & Terrence Coulthard from Nepabunna, SA, tell the story of "Awi Irta" or "The story of the Red Breast Robin" (ISBN 0 85910 406 0). In it they tell in two languages (Yura Ngawarla and English) the story of how the Red-capped Robin got its red cap and breast.

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