Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Crowned Eagle
Crowned Hornbill
Crowned Plover
Dabchick
Diederik Cuckoo
Doublebanded Sandgrouse
Dusky Sunbird
Eastern Paradise Whydah
Eastern Redfooted Falcon
European Bee-eater
European Swallow
False marula
Familiar Chat
Fantailed Cisticola
Fierynecked Nightjar
Flaky thorn
Forest elder
Forest num-num
Forest waterwood
Forktailed Drongo
Gabar Goshawk
Giant Eagle Owl
Giant Kingfisher
Glossy-leaved corkwood
Glossy Starling
Golden Bishop
Goldenbreasted Bunting
Goldentailed Woodpecker
Goliath Heron
Gorgeous Bush Shrike

Familiar Chat [589] (bird) Letšwêtšwê (Cercomela familiaris)

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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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