Bee

Most of the 2000 or so native bees are solitary creatures and do not produce honey. It is the trigona which produces honey known as sugarbag.  A rich, dark, pollen-infused honey, it was never commercially viable to be produced. The Aboriginal people, who considered sugarbag a delicacy, tracked the hive by …

Bee-Eater

The bee-eater, also known as a Rainbow Bird, is a delightful beautiful native bird that swoops the sky and grasses for flying insects. A Rainbow of colour – exquisite gemmy tones – these birds are a delight to watch when you are fortunate enough to visit their territory. One Dreaming …

Bilby

Bilbies are bandicoots, one of the eight generally recognised genera.  In appearance and habit they differ from the other bandicoots; Bilbies burrow and prefer a more flesh based diet.  Dedicated meat-eaters, in other words! They were a delicacy for the Aboriginal people, and have been portrayed as an Aussie alternative …

Bogong Moth

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This creature also includes the interpretation for any moth; however take into account any differences in colour or size as there are many types of moth in Australia, and adapt it’s meaning for you as a symbol. Bogong Moths were and are a popular food source for the Aboriginal people, …

Bowerbird

  A peak of avian evolution, and even a natural wonder, the Bowerbird has accomplished remarkable feats in architecture as some species have developed tool using capabilities.  The males construct elaborate bowers to attract a female and perform their courtship displays. These bowers are fabricated from sticks and are filled …

Brolga

Sometimes called native companions or Australian cranes, these grey birds are beautiful dancers, famous for their elaborate performances which appear to be for both pleasure and as a part of their mating ritual.  The Aboriginal people have immortalised their graceful steps through dance. Vocal birds, the females also make a …

Bush Turkey (or Brush Turkey or Scrub Turkey)

This unusual bird lays her eggs over a period of weeks in a leaf mound built by the male.  The male covers the eggs with leaves and regulates the temperature of the mound by testing it with his heat sensitive beak.  He will add or remove leaf matter as required.  …

Budgerigar

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Budgerigars have become one of the most popular caged birds worldwide.  These bright, cheery, cheeky characters are entertaining mimics; they can be masters of observation.  The meaning for budgerigar is supposed to be ‘good tucker’, however one would imagine them to be appetisers rather than the main course! They can …

Bunyip

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Bunyip is a mythical creature, according to right brain Western belief. Not so for those who can read the land. In the Dreamtime, Bunyip sinned by eating his own totem, which by the law of resonance, was viewed as cannibalism. He was punished by Biami and banished from his tribe. …