Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Scimitarbilled Woodhoopoe
Senegal Plover
Shepherd’s tree
Sickle bush
Silver cluster-leaf
Sjambok pod
Slender three-hook thorn
Small Buttonquail
Snot berry
Sombre Bulbul
Southern Boubou
Southern Carmine Bee-eater
Southern Greyheaded Sparrow
Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Red Bishop
Southern Yellowbilled Hornbill
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Spottedbacked Weaver
Spotted Dikkop
Spotted Eagle Owl
Squaretailed Drongo
Stink shepherd’s tree
Streakyheaded Canary
Striped Cuckoo
Swainson’s Francolin
Sweet thorn

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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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