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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