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Unread postby billyf » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:05 pm

Hi Henk, a kelkiewyn is a sand grouse (don't know which sub-specie).

The name comes from their call - in Afrikaans it sounds something like kelkiewyn (You do need a good imagination).

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Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:29 pm

billyf wrote:Hi Henk, a kelkiewyn is a sand grouse (don't know which sub-specie).

The name comes from their call - in Afrikaans it sounds something like kelkiewyn (You do need a good imagination).

It's the Namaqua sandgrouse. I think their call sounds (rather fittingly?) like "coq au vin" :wink: One of the very few birds I can ID by call 8)
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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:18 pm

Who knows what "Troupant" means. (Lilac-breasted roller)

This really is a "gem" of an Afrikaans name! 8)

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Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:25 pm

Troupand....is a wedding ring 8)
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:32 pm

Gompou - Gum peacock - no, a Kori bustard :wink:
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:57 pm

MATTHYS wrote:Troupand....is a wedding ring 8)


MATTHYS is right, BTW!

Another fascinating one, although probably not PC, is "Hottentotsgot" (Praying Mantis)! :shock:

I'm not sure of the etymology of this one! :?

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Unread postby billyf » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:44 pm

Just saw one in the garden, Jan Frederik (Cape Robin). Wonder where the Afrikaans name came from?

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Unread postby Rooies » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:06 am

billyf wrote:Just saw one in the garden, Jan Frederik (Cape Robin). Wonder where the Afrikaans name came from?


The name comes from the call that it makes; a quick "janfrederik"

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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:08 pm

Seems that "Jan" has a busy time here!

Janfiskaal...(Fiscal Shrike)

Any others?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:43 pm

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Unread postby Richprins » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:21 pm

One name I have never had a clue about, is "akkedis" - "lizard"!? :shock:

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Unread postby JenB » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:46 pm

Laksman (executioner) - Shrike
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Unread postby Diesel » Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:06 pm

Kommetjiegatmuishond (water mongoose)= cup-arse-mouse-dog?

Kakkerlak (cockroach)= shitter-glue?

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Unread postby Sparks » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:23 am

Richprins wrote:Seems that "Jan" has a busy time here!

Janfiskaal...(Fiscal Shrike)

Any others?

Jangroentjie - Greenhorn (malachite sunbird)
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Unread postby Vonnie » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:01 pm

Richprins wrote:One name I have never had a clue about, is "akkedis" - "lizard"!? :shock:


Akkedissie tiem tam tielie! Dit is hy wat die meisies kielie! Jappetielie, jappetielie, japetielie.........

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