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Bush Stone-curlew - Aboriginal information

(Burhinus grallarius)
Alternative names: "Bush Thick-knee", "Stone-plover", "Curlew", "Southern Stone-curlew", "Scrub Curlew"
Aboriginal names: "buruhlgan"/"buyuhlgan"/"buruwagan"/"buwagan"/"buyargan" [bundjalung]; "kuRiwiRp' [tjapwurrung]; "wilo", "kwil" (WA); "willaroo", "moolyerra"

Size: 55-60 cm

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Spiritual significance

The Bush Stone-curlew, usually under the name of just "curlew", features in Aboriginal creation stories. A few examples are reproduced or listed here.

R. A. Roberts and C. P. Mountford tell the story of "Bima the Curlew" (1968 ed.), p. 48. This story explains how the Bush Stone-curlew came to have its eerie, mournful call.

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