Roberts Birds of KwaZulu-Natal and Their Zulu Names

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The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, publishers of the Roberts bird books, is proud to launch the Birds of KwaZulu-Natal and their Zulu Names. Accompanied by superb photographs, this ground-breaking book is the first practical bird field guide to give individual Zulu names to 550 species. This book is the result of a six-year Zulu Bird Name Project, facilitated by the authors, together with 18 mother-tongue Zulu-speaking bird experts. This book, based on sound linguistic principles, adds new names that have been crafted for the 67 per cent of the birds which hitherto had no names in Zulu. The authors hope that this book will be used and inspire a greater interest, awareness, and protection among the Zulu people of the avifaunal heritage of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond.“An outstanding and exceptionally useful book” – Mark Anderson, CEO BirdLife South Africa

Adrian Koopman is an Emeritus Professor of Zulu at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests during his academic career have been primarily in onomastics, and he is the author of the 2002 Zulu Names (which includes a chapter on Zulu bird names) , the 2015 Zulu Plant Names , and the 2019 Zulu Bird Names and Bird Lore , published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. His over 65 articles and chapters in academic journals and books include the 1990 “Ornimatopoeia: Song reference in English , Afrikaans and Zulu bird names”

Roger Porter has had a life-long interest in birds and has travelled extensively on bird trips in Africa, Madagascar, India and Antarctica. He has been a wildlife ecologist and conservation planner for nearly 39 years in the Natal Parks Board and KZN Wildlife. He produced the nomination dossiers for the UNESCO World Heritage inscription of iSimangaliso Wetland Park , and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, and has been intimately involved in certain African World Heritage listings.

Noleen Turner retired after 32 years’ service from the African Languages Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal , Durban. She is currently an Honorary Research Professor at the same institution. Her areas of research include second language (Zulu) teaching , Zulu oral studies , onomastics and humor studies. She has published over 40 accredited articles in local and overseas journals. A keen birder , she is the original motivator of the Zulu Bird Names Project described in this book.


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