The Owl Nam­ing Pro­gramme

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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.

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