Djer-Djer is known in Western Australia as the Splendid Blue Wren (with the scientific name Malurus splendens). It is a passerine djert in the Australasian wren family, Maluridae. It also known as the splendid fairywren or splendid wren. Djer-Djer is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales wer southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid wer semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed djert of predominantly bright blue wer black colouration. Non-breeding males, females wer juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; nidja gave Settlers the early impression that males were polygamous as yennar dull-coloured birds were taken for females.
Kooba Djer-Djer - Red Robin and Blue Wren Story[edit | edit source]
Nidja is a story about two best friends, Kooba the little Red Robin wer Djer-Djer the little Blue Wren.
The two friends shared a nest where they kept their chicks wer keny snowy, cold evening, Kooba decided to find Maarlie the Black Swan. Kooba had heard that Maarlie had got karla (fire) from Meeka (the Moon).
Maarlie gave Kooba a small fire stick. Kooba placed the fire stick under her wing wer flew back to the next. She was burnt when she arrived wer Djer-Djer offered to get some water wer food for Kooba wer her chicks. While carrying the water back to the nest, she accidentally spilt the cold water il herself.
Nidja story explains why Kooba has a red breast while Djer-Djer has blue feathers.
Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]
- Theresa Walley. Kooba djer-djer = Red robin and blue wren. Boodalang mililyang = Pelican and heron. National Library of Australia. Pub Batchelor Press, N.T. (2009). ISBN 978-1-74131-156-3