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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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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 postPosted: 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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Troupand....is a wedding ring 8)

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Gompou - Gum peacock - no, a Kori bustard :wink:

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 Post subject: Troupant
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:57 pm 
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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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Just saw one in the garden, Jan Frederik (Cape Robin). Wonder where the Afrikaans name came from?


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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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 Post subject: Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:08 pm 
Seems that "Jan" has a busy time here!

Janfiskaal...(Fiscal Shrike)

Any others?


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 Post subject: Re: Afrikaans Animal Names
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One name I have never had a clue about, is "akkedis" - "lizard"!? :shock:


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

Kakkerlak (cockroach)= shitter-glue?

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

Janfiskaal...(Fiscal Shrike)

Any others?

Jangroentjie - Greenhorn (malachite sunbird)

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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.........

Afrikaans remains a curious language! :D

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