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Call for Papers – Ethnoornithology symposium at AOC 2019, Darwin 3 – 5 July 2019

Call for Papers – Ethnoornithology symposium at AOC 2019, Darwin 3 – 5 July 2019

Ethnoornithology is the study of the relationship between people and birds, and in recent years the field has emerged as a valuable source of ethnobiological research.  Ethnoornithology provides an opportunity to empower people of all cultures to discover, re-examine and preserve the connections between individuals, groups and cultures and the birds that they hunt, venerate and cherish.

Talking Birds and Fire at the Barrapunta Bird Workshop, Arnhem Land, May 2017

Talking Birds and Fire at the Barrapunta Bird Workshop, Arnhem Land, May 2017

Karrkkanj is a term for the Black Kite but can also be applied to two other raptor species, the Peregrine Falcon and the Brown Falcon, Professor Evans explains. The Peregrine Falcon can also be known more specifically as ngalmirlangmirlang and the Brown Falcon as wunwunbu; these are said to be husband and wife. Karrkkanj is also ritually significant as the one who founded the Lorrkkon mortuary cycle.

Why the chicken crossed the road. And how.

Why the chicken crossed the road. And how.

On Chickens: Chickens have the capacity to reason and make logical inferences. For example, chickens are capable of simple forms of transitive inference, a capability that humans develop at approximately the age of seven

Do these raptors spread fire in the Australian savanna?

Do these raptors spread fire in the Australian savanna?

Use of fire as a tool is normally considered to be restricted to humans, and hence to have played an extremely important role not only in human societal change but also in the large-scale modification of landscapes across the world. But what if animals other than humans exhibit pyrophilic behavior?

The Many Faces of Ethnoornithology at the 38th Society of Ethnobiology meeting

The Many Faces of Ethnoornithology at the 38th Society of Ethnobiology meeting

Here I present the abstracts from the ethnoornithology session at the 38th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting at the University of California Santa Barbara campus last week titled "What Do Birds Tell Us? How Ethno-ornithology Opens Doors to Understanding Relationships with Others."

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable --literally -- bird and mammal species.

Ethnoornithology at Montpelier – Birds and People: Research From Four continents – CISE 2012

Ethnoornithology at Montpelier – Birds and People: Research From Four continents – CISE 2012

A look at some of the work being undertaken across the globe by researchers and indigenous people with an interest in birds, people, cultures and the land and environments that they share - from the 13th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress at Montpelier, France in May 2012.

Ethnoornithology at the 9th European Ornithologists’ Union conference

Ethnoornithology at the 9th European Ornithologists’ Union conference

An introduction to the first session at a major European scientific conference dedicated to ethnoornithology - the study of the relationships between people and birds.

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Part Two of a conversation with Amadeo Rea, taxonomic ornithologist and ethnobiologist who has spent most of his life working with the Piman people of the greater south-western American deserts.

Ethnoornithology Abstracts from the 35th Society of Ethnobiology meeting, Denver, Colorado

Ethnoornithology Abstracts from the 35th Society of Ethnobiology meeting, Denver, Colorado

A real highlight for me was catching up with Amadeo Rea, whose magistral book "Wings In The Desert " on the ethnoornithology of the Northern Piman peoples is one of my all time favourites. I'm looking forward to bringing my interview with him to these pages soon.