Long, long ago - in the Dreamtime - when the land and animals were being made all the birds were black - all one colour. Till...
.... one day, a little dove flew around looking food. He flew down to the ground to catch a big juicy grub. But instead, he landed right on a sharp stick!It pierced his foot and made him very sick.For days, he lay on the ground in pain. His foot swelled up. He was dying!
All his mates gathered around to see how they could help. All except crow.He just wandered around with his hands behind his back. Suddenly, the parrot rush ed rushed forward and with her sharp beak burst the little dove's swollen foot!
Colour splashed all over the parrot. Red and blue ran down her chest, wings and tail.it splashed out all over the other birds.
Some got red, some brown, some blue, some yellow. Some got spots. Some got stripes. All except the crow who was standing away. So that's how the birds got their colours.