The joyous cry of the twenty-eight parrot and its cheeky tail wagging meant that it was always welcomed as a bringer of happiness by the Noongar people, who called the bird Darlmoorluk.
It was said that when Darlmoorluk was around, the camp was safe from evil spirits that roamed the bush.
Although twenty-eights were good to eat, the Noongar only hunted them in desperate times.
The attractive green, yellow and blue bird which frequents our parks and woodlands is known to the world at large as the Port Lincoln or ring-necked parrot, but has been given the colloquial WA name of twenty-eight because of its call, which some say sounds like it is crying "twenty-eight".
Interestingly, only the ring-necks in the South-West cry "twenty-eight". In inland WA, western South Australia and the southern Northern Territory they leave off the "eight"