red-winged parrot

Scientific Name
Aprosmictus erythropterus
Category
Birds

Some Kuninjku speakers say the name djadberlhberlh is the duwa kun-walidjaw lect name for red-winged parrot. Other Kuninjku call this bird werleyh (e.g. the kun-wallakkud lect) and some Kundedjnjenghmi speakers also use the name djadberlhberlh for the northern rosella which is called djaddokorddokord in Kuninjku.

Red-winged parrot was once a man. He appears in the greedy emu story as one of the men who tries to take the cooked kangaroo out of the earth oven before it has cooled enough. This was done in order to stop greedy emu (an old lady) from coming back and eating all of the meat. In his attempt to lift up the whole burning hot kangaroo, red-winged parrot burns his shoulders which is why today red-winged parrot has such colour on his shoulders.

Yimarnek kuyin-ngorrmey wanjh manekke koybebmeng koybebwam, "Wa, wa
nga-koybebme, ngurrim-ray, nga-koybebme, nga-koybebme, ngurri-mang."

He almost lifted it (the cooking kangaroo) but then he strained himself, "Wa, wa, I've strained myself, I'm burnt, come and get it for me."

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Kunwinjku term
djadberlhberlh / werleyh
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Kundjeyhmi term
weleyh, weleyhweleyh
Kuninjku term
werleyh / djadberlhberlh
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Kune/Mayali term
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Kundedjnjenghmi term
werleyh

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