Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Lappetfaced Vulture
Large-fruited bushwillow
Larklike Bunting
Laughing Dove
Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird
Lesser Honeyguide
Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Masked Weaver
Lesser Striped Swallow
Levaillant’s Cisticola
Lilacbreasted Roller
Little Banded Goshawk
Little Egret
Little Swift
Longbilled Crombec
Longcrested Eagle
Longtailed Widow
Lowveld chestnut
Lowveld cluster-leaf
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Sunbird
Marico Sunbird
Martial Eagle
Meves’ Longtailed Starling
Mobola plum
Mocking Chat
Modjadji cycad

Lesser Doublecollared Sunbird [783] (bird) Mmanôtswane (Nectarinia chalybea)

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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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