Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Blackheaded Heron
Black monkey orange
Black Sawwing Swallow
Blackshouldered Kite
Blacksmith Plover
Black Sparrowhawk
Black thorn
Blackthroated Canary
Bluebilled Firefinch
Bluecheecked Bee-eater
Blue Crane
Blue sourplum
Blue thorn
Blue Waxbill
Bokmakierie
Brack thorn
Broom cluster fig
Brownhooded Kingfisher
Brownthroated Martin
Buffalo-thorn
Burchell’s Coucal
Burchell’s Starling
Camel thorn
Cape ash
Cape Bulbul
Cape Bunting
Cape Canary
Cape chestnut
Cape Eagle Owl
Cape Sparrow

Blackthroated Canary [870] (bird) Talanyane, Boragolane (Serinus atrogularis)

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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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