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
Hadeda Ibis
Harlequin Quail
Helmeted Guineafowl
Highveld cabbage tree
Horned thorn
House Sparrow
Jackal Buzzard
Kalahari Robin
Knobbly fig
Knob thorn
Kurrichane Buttonquail
Lanner Falcon

Grey Lourie [373] (bird) Mokowê, Mokgowê, Mokwênêtê (Corythaixoides concolor)

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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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