The seventh omen bird, Kunding or Burong Malam (literally means “night bird“) is actually a cricket, is the son of Bujang Sakunding Mupong. He is the husband of Sengalang Burong’s youngest daughter Endu Dara Chempaka Tempurong Alang, Patri Langit Dayang Kumang who was expelled from the longhouse after she unwittingly commited incestuous relationship with her nephew, Sera Gunting.
Burong Malam’s country is at the valley overgrown by senggang palm, like feathers which decorates a hat, at a country overgrown by lemba palm, like feathers which decorates the crown of a turban (di lembang madang senggang, baka lanjai bulu burong, di lempa madang lamba, baka lagaa tandok labong).
Praise name (Ensumbar or julok):
“Night Bird” whose teeth are black (Burong Malam ke begeman begelintum dabong or Burong malam bejulok ipoh kinying ngelaboh ka nyumboh siti nengeri).
Special possession: None
By Gregory Nyanggau Mawar
Uchu Sengalang Burong