Wp/nys/Wata (Common Bronzewing)

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Whadjuk Watta
Male Common Bronzewing
Female Common Bronzewing

Wata is native to Australia and one of the country's most common pigeons. They are able to live in almost any habitat, with the possible exception of very barren areas and dense rainforests.[1] The call is a deep "oom", repeated several times.

Wata is called the Common Bronzewing in English,[2] and has the scientific name Phaps chalcoptera.

Apparently the Brush Bronzewing or Phaps elegans is not distinguished from the Common Bronzewing in Noongar.[2]


Wata Waarnk - Stories about Wata[edit | edit source]

Read the story of What (the woman) and Watami (the man) from the page on the Porongurups.

Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Wildlife of Sydney website". Australian Museum Online. Archived 29 August 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ian Abbott (2009). "Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage". Conservation Science W. Aust. Vol 7. Iss 2. pp 213–278. p 250. Accessed 11 July 2020