Kurlabbakku (Pied Heron)

Kurlabbakku (the pied heron, Ardea picata) is black with a white throat and chest. We see her all year round on the floodplains and by rivers and creeks. She flies from place to place looking for small animals and fish, like nadjirrku (glassfish) and marrngunj (small eel-tailed catfish). Kurlabbakku looks similar to kawk (the rufous night heron, Nycticorax caledonicus) and bokung (the black bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis). We see them all by the water, standing on the bank or on a branch waiting for fish to come past. We don’t eat kurlabbakku these days, but perhaps the old people used to.

Ngahli mayh kangeyo Kurlabbakku kunmud ngalengarre ngalmudburlerri dja kukom kore kakombele. Ngahli mayhmayh kare kayawan mayh nawu kangun bu barnangarra djenj dja mayh kilekilelh.Kurlabbakku karrinan nawern bu Kudjewk dja Kurrung.kore kabbal manlabbarl mankabo manwanjdjad.karrinan karrolkarren kare kubolkbuyika kayerrkan kangun mayh.Kurlabbakku Kawk Bokung nawu kabirrirohrok kabirriyawan djenj kabirrini kore kukadjid yika kabirribarndi kore kundulk kabirrimadbun djenj,Nahni mayhmayh nawu kabirringun djenj dja mak birriwern nawu mayhmayh kabirringun djenj.