Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Acacia Pied Barbet
African Barred Owl
African Fish Eagle
African Goshawk
African Hoopoe
African Longtailed Shrike
African Palm Swift
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Scops Owl
African Yellowthroated Sparrow
Alpine Swift
Amur Falcon
Ankle thorn
Apple-leaf
Arrowmarked Babbler
Baobab
Barn Swallow
Barthroated Apalis
Bateleur
Bead-bean tree
Bearded Robin
Bennett’s Woodpecker
Blackbellied Starling
Blackchested Prinia
Blackcollared Barbet
Black Crow
Blackcrowned Tchagra
Black Eagle
Blackeyed Bulbul

Arrowmarked Babbler [560] (bird) Lehlôgôhlase (Turdoides jardineii)

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The data for the common bird* and tree** names in Northern Sotho were kindly provided by Prof. L.J. Louwrens.

The reference numbers between square brackets at bird names are known as Roberts numbers; the reference numbers at tree names are taken from the national tree list of South Africa.

Scientific botanical names are shown in italics.

* Louwrens, L.J. 2004. On the generic nature of common Northern Sotho bird names: a probe into the cognitive systematization of indigenous knowledge. South African Journal of African Languages 24(2): 95–117.

** Louwrens, L.J. 2001. Reduplication in Northern Sotho plant names and the cognitive salience of life forms. South African Journal of Ethnology 24(4): 147–160.


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