Skip to main content

Table 6 List of birds’ Family name, Common English name and Local name

From: Bird naming systems by Akan people in Ghana follow scientific nomenclature with potentials for conservation monitoring

Family English Name Akan name Derivative
Ploceidae Red-headed Weaver Akyem polis Weaver that have red colour on the head as the olden Ghana police
  Little Weaver Akyem -
  Zitting Cisticola Akyem-sebo Weaver which have colour pattern similar to the tiger
  Maxwell's Black Weaver Akyem-sibere Weaver with all black colour
Accipitridae Hooded Vulture Pete Ugly
  Hooded Vulture Kaakaku Ugly
  Black Kite Sansankroma Hunts small birds
  Short-toed Snake Eagle Akromakyekyewa Bird of prey
Falconidae Yellow-billed Kite Osansa Bird of prey
  Black Kite Sansankroma Hunts small birds
  Grey Kestrel Osansa Bird of prey
  African Hobby Akromaboo Strongest of the falcon
  Red-footed Falcon Osansa Bird of prey
  Bat Hawk Akromaboo Strongest of the falcons
  Yellow-billed Kite Akroma Bird of prey
  Fox Kestrel Osansa Bird of prey
  Lanner Falcon Akromaboo Strongest of the falcon
Strigididae Shelley's Eagle Owl Patu-busufo Owl of bad omen
  Fraser's Eagle Owl Patu-waben Owl with horns
  Sandy Scops Owl Patu Owl
Tytonidae Barn owl Patu Owl
Corvidae Pied Crow Akonkrain -
  Pied Crow Adene -
  Pied Crow Kwaakwaadabi Daily call of the crow
Psittacidae Grey Parrot Akoo-papa The real parrot
  Red-fronted Parrot Awirekwa -
  Red-fronted Parrot Awirekwa -
Musophagidae Great Blue Turaco Kokokyinaka Bird call
  Yellow-billed Turaco Aforowa/Brobe -
Anatidae Egyptian Goose Nsu-dokodoko water goose
Anatidae Common Shelduck Nsu-dokodoko Water goose
Anatidae Common Teal Epo-noma Sea bird
  White-faced Whistling Duck Nsu-dokodoko Water goose
  Egyptian Goose Nsu-dokodoko Water goose
Anhingidae African Darter Nsu-noma Water bird
Phalacrocoracidae Long-tailed Cormorant Sukonkon Surface of water
Ardeidae Cattle Egret Nantwie-noma Mutualistic association of the bird and the cattle
  Green-backed Heron Nantwie-noma Mutualistic association of the bird and the cattle
  Black Heron Nantwie-noma Mutualistic association of the bird and the cattle
  Goliath Heron Sohori Legs of giraffe
Ciconiidae Marabou Stork Nsu-pete Water vulture
Rallidae Grey-throated Rail Nsu-noma/Okoto-pue Water bird/crab come out
  White-spotted Flufftail 0Koto-pue crab come out
  Buff-spotted Flufftail Nsu-noma Water bird
  Nkulengu Rail Kwakudonsuro Love does not fear
Charadriidae African Wattled Lapwing Bakamnoma sea bird
  White-headed Lapwing Bakamnoma Sea bird
Apodidae Mottled Spinetail Ankadaade Never lands
  Cassin's Spinetail Ankadaade Never lands
  African Palm Swift Ankadaade Never lands
Pelecanidae Great White Pelican Nsu-noma/Okoto-pue Water bird/crab come out
Caprimulgidae Black-shouldered Nightjar Santhrofie Trouble should happen at home
  Plain Nightjar Santhrofie Trouble should happen at home
  Freckled Nightjar Santhrofe Trouble should happen at home
  Brown Nightjar Santrofie Trouble should happen at home
  Red-necked Nightjar Santhrofie Trouble should happen at home
Passeridae Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Bola-noma/Akasanoma Bird at damp site/ talking bird
  Bush Petronia Bola-noma Bird at damp site
Bucerotidae White-crested Hornbill Asokwaa -
  White-crested Hornbill Kokoase akokora Old man in the cocoa farm
Capitonidae African Pied Hornbill Akyekyena  
  Red-rumped Tinkerbird Apiti donko Slave of the tinkerbird
  Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Apiti -
  Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Apiti -
  Speckled Tinkerbird Apiti -
Nectariniidae Yellow-spotted Tinkerbird Apiti asafohene Royal majesty of the tinkerbird
  Scarlet-chested sunbird Aserewa-ogyadawobo Sunbird with fire on the chest
   Aserewa-sika Sunbird with gold belly
   Aserewa-sikansuo Sunbird with multi-colours like water with minerals
Dicruridae Fork-tailed Drongo Kotokosambire  
  Shining Drongo Mekanmese-kwakye  
Phasianidae Stone Partridge Aboko -
  Ahanta Francolin Akokohwede Sweet meat
  Latham's Forest Francolin Aboko -
  White-breasted Guineafowl Kwaem akokoninpon Forested guinea fowl
Columbidae Bruce's Green Pigeon Aboranoma -
  Tambourine Dove Abuburo-tawiah Younger dove
  Blue-spotted Wood Dove Abuburo-kwao Messenger dove
  Namaqua Dove Abuburo-somafoo Messenger dove
  Black-billed Wood Dove Abuburo-kwao Male dove
  Laughing Dove Abuburo-fi Dirty dove
  Blue-spotted Wood Dove Abuburo -
  Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Abuburo -
  Red-eyed Dove Agyenkuku Call of the bird