Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Grassveld Pipit
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Greater Honeyguide
Greater Kestrel
Greater Striped Swallow
Great White Egret
Greenspotted Dove
Green-stem corkwoord
Greybacked Bleating Warbler
Grey Heron
Grey Hornbill
Grey Lourie
Ground Hornbill
Gymnogene
Hadeda Ibis
Hamerkop
Harlequin Quail
Helmeted Guineafowl
Highveld cabbage tree
Horned thorn
House Sparrow
Jackal-berry
Jackal Buzzard
Jacket-plum
Kalahari Robin
Karree
Knobbly fig
Knob thorn
Kurrichane Buttonquail
Lanner Falcon

Horned thorn [168.1] (tree) Molalakgaka, Mošaoka (Acacia grandicornuta)

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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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