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A large Australian crane (Grus rubicunda) with a bare greenish head and a red stripe around the neck. It is known for its elaborate courtship dance.

[From Kamilaroi (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) burralga or a kindred source in other Pama-Nyungan languages of southeast Australia .]


(Animals) a large grey Australian crane, Grus rubicunda, having a red-and-green head and a trumpeting call. Also called: Australian crane or native companion
[C19: from a native Australian language]
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The wetlands are of international significance for many waterbirds including whistling ducks, sarus cranes, pied herons, brolgas and waders, Cr Pascoe said.
When there is enough water, egrets, herons, ibises and swans all breed in the wetlands, as do rarer waterbirds like brolgas, jacanas and magpie geese.
Another example appears in these lines: "On a flooded plain through which the road ran high on an embankment a group of long-legged brolgas stood.
Parker (1898:21-7) says they were a mother and daughter who were chased by Daens (Dtbane, the same word, means a Euahlayi man), captured by Wilbaarr, 'the whirlwind spirit' (G/Y), and turned into brolgas, and, when they died, went into the sky and became the Clouds.
From one ant after another, to nine echidnas, the ants, owls, wombats, kangaroos, brolgas, crocodiles, koalas, dingos and echidnas, hop on board.
Flood plains had disappeared, including the wetland where, as a child, she had watched brolgas dance.
It is black box and river red gum country, where brolgas once danced in the moonlight and brush turkeys fed in the scrub.
They refer to places traveled to, to the activities of spirits of deceased ancestors and Dreaming ancestors, to birds and animals such as night-jars, night-owls, brolgas, an ibis or pelican, and an echidna (which in some cases may themselves be a Dreaming ancestor or a rai [a conception spirit with a similar role to an anguma or agula]), to natural phenomena mostly involving water, such as tides, tidal waves, reflections and ripples, and to dance paraphernalia, such as ngadarri (paperbark headcaps) described above.
The first day she did warm up activities with them--one at a time stepping one pace in from a large circle to call out loudly her/his name, then acting like cockroaches, then brolgas.
In no time we'd spotted deer, boars, and wallabies, and myriad aquatic birds like pelicans, magpie geese, scrub turkey, jabarou storks, ibis, cormorants, dancing brolgas, cassowaries, bush fowls, and white-headed fish eagles.
Birds included royal spoonbills, jaibirus, emus, brolgas honeyeaters, and glorious cockatoos, galahs, and lorikeets.