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
Brack thorn
Broom cluster fig
Brownhooded Kingfisher
Brownthroated Martin
Burchell’s Coucal
Burchell’s Starling
Camel thorn
Cape ash
Cape Bulbul
Cape Bunting
Cape Canary
Cape chestnut
Cape Eagle Owl
Cape Sparrow

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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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