brolga

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From Gamilaraay burralga.

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brolga (plural brolgas)

  1. A large grey crane (Antigone rubicunda, syn. Grus rubicunda), of northern and eastern Australia. [from 19th c.]
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VII, p. 90, [1]:
      But he did not value Red Ochre simply as a grazing-lease. At times it was to him six hundred square miles where grazing grew and brolgas danced in the painted sunset and emus ran to the silver dawn [] .
    • 2006, Tara June Winch, Swallow the Air, in Heiss & Minter, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 241:
      We wade through the delicate water, the moon spilling on our colourless bodies. Brolgas ruffling their wings against water ribbons, making the muddy bath flinch in coiling waves.

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