Jenolan Caves

Cultural Significance of Birds & Animals

 

Many beautiful birds are seen and heard along the track from the Devils Coach House cave towards what is now known as ‘The Sportsground’.

 

Bundoluk are the green and red parrots. They mate for life,   representing a relationship between a nain and a ngowalIn Dreaming, they share a connection with the Warratah plant, from where they got their colours. Warratah is significant because it represents magic.

 

Booraboora budgang are the bringers of coy. If they dance in front of you, swinging their tails and screeching, then bad times are coming your way. It could be something significant or merely the warning of an argument.

 

The lair of the Buddawak burri bootyau is in the Nettle Cave. It is a night bird. Cootsa were told to be fearful of Buddawak burri bootya, “If you go into his territory he will take you away. His call or shriek, means death!”

 

Around the area before the junction of the Carlottta Arch walk and the Mc Keown’s track, you may see where the Jakular has scratched at the soil for food - insects and grubs - or perhaps building a platform to perform on, to attract a mate.

 

The Lyre bird represents nain, although in Gundungura ceremonies ngowal do the Gunyunggalung Jakular. Around the area before the junction of the Carlottta Arch walk and the Mc Keown’s track, you may see where the Jakular has scratched at the soil for food - insects and grubs - or perhaps building a platform to perform on, to attract a mate.

 

All year round gerregang can be seen. These large birds of the crow family, with their black and white plumage, yellow eyes and raucous call, are known to the Aboriginal People of this area as sentries. This is because the land is divided up into men’s and women’s country, depending on its topography and vegetation. If a nain strays into women’s country and a ngowal into man’s country, the gerregang calls out a coy. That’s a signal to leave! If you hear a yaddung, then you are in the right place.  

 

Far less common, is one of Australia’s most beautiful marsupials - the burri. If you see one standing up and rubbing its paws up and down its front, it’s showing off to you! 

Rosella

  Sooty Owl

 Lyrebird

 Rock Wallaby

 

 

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