The Owl Naming Programme
THE Township Owl Project is also currently leading an owl naming programme. Traditionally each owl species in South Africa only has a common name in Afrikaans or English. This project aims at extending the common names of each owl species to include names in the indigenous South African languages. The project will be undertaken nationally and will involve numerous secondary schools nationwide. Each school will provide suggested names based on appearance, biology and behaviour of the owl species. Once the proposed names are obtained The Owl Project will collaborate with WITS University Department of Linguistics to make sure the names are grammatically and linguistically correct before finalising them. The goal of this project is to include the new names for the owl species in the next Roberts Bird Book. The languages that will be covered are Sepedi, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa, Tsonga, Venda and Swati.