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Topic: Crested Bellbird
What was the first name for grasswrens?

What was the first name for grasswrens?

In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.

Bird of the week – Kanpanparlala – Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis

Bird of the week – Kanpanparlala – Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis

The Crested Bellbird has a very distinctive call, from which its Warlpiri name of Kanpanparlala is an onomatopoeic derivation.