Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics


Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala – Birds

Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala – Birds: tells us the names of birds in Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambara languages. The bird’s moiety, and the spiritual and seasonal knowledge associated with some birds gives an insight into the cultural importance of some birds for Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambara people. The amazing photographs generously donated by many photographers assist in enhancing the knowledge share by Elders. Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala is the first book to include the three languages of people living at Mowanjum Community.

Developed by Mowanjum Community (located 10km south east of Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia), in partnership with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education with the assistance of Commonwealth funding, the book features stunning colour photographs alongside the Indigenous, common English and scientific names. It also includes the bird’s moiety for each language group and information about the bird’s significance to local people ensuring that the knowledge is preserved for the next generation. Three large format posters—one for each language group—were also developed as part of the project.

There are 195 birds recorded in this book, however as Pansy Nulgit said, ‘there are birds that are known and seen in our country, but there might not be names for them’. The languages are colour coded to provide ease of access to each language. There is also a set of accompanying posters in each language.


Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala – Birds is available for purchase through the Batchelor Institute Press website.


Diigu aagala, Wunambal Gaambara – Bird poster:

Burnarri Anja, Worrorra – Bird poster:

Jirigi jinda ardangarri, Ngarinyin – Bird poster: