Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Monkey thorn
Monotonous Lark
Mopane
Mountain aloe
Mountain seringa
Mozambique Nightjar
Namaqua Dove
Natal Francolin
Natal mahogany
Northern Black Korhaan
Oldwood
Olive Sunbird
Olive Thrush
Ostrich
Outeniqua yellowwood
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Palewinged Starling
Paperbark thorn
Pearlspotted Owl
Peeling plane
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Pintailed Whydah
Plumcoloured Starling
Purplecrested Lourie
Puzzle bush
Pygmy Falcon
Quail Finch
Rameron Pigeon
Rattling Cisticola

Pied Kingfisher [428] (bird) Senwamorula (Ceryle rudis)

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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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