Birds and Trees List: English - Sesotho sa Leboa

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Cape Sugarbird
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Cinnamonbreasted Rock Bunting
Climbing raisin
Collared Sunbird
Common Bulbul
Common coral tree
Common corkwood
Common Fiscal Shrike
Common hook thorn
Common Kestrel
Common resin tree
Common Ringed Plover
Common star-chestnut
Common sugarbush
Common tree euphorbia
Common Waxbill
Common wild fig
Common wild pear
Coqui Francolin
Corky monkey orange
Crested Barbet
Crested Francolin
Crested Guineafowl
Crimsonbreasted Shrike

Common hook thorn [162] (tree) Mothôlô, Moduhlare (Acacia caffra)

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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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