berghaan, noun

Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, berg mountain + haan cock.
obsolescent
1. The black eagle, Aquila verreauxii.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 488Three species of Eagle occur in South Africa..[including] Aquila vulturina, the Berghaan.
1889 H.A. Bryden Kloof & Karroo 273Suddenly, starting as if from space, comes soaring above us a great black mountain eagle. We know him at once for a berghaan (cock of the mountain) or dassie-vanger (coney-eater).
1937 M. Alston Wanderings 81They (sc. black eagles) would descend and circle round and round the mountain-side in search of rock rabbits — hence the Dutch names of ‘dassievanger’ or ‘berghaan’ (for they are never found far from mountains).
1967 W.A. De Klerk White Wines 98Above the rocky spires of Drostersberg the berghaan soars.
2. The bateleur eagle, Terathopius ecaudatus of the Accipitridae; ingqanga.
1867 E.L. Layard Birds of S. Afr. 18Helotarsus ecaudatus...Le Bateleur..Berghaan (cock of the mountains) of the Colonists.
1893 A. Newton Dict. of BirdsBerghaan, (Mountain-cock), the name given to some of the larger Eagles, and especially to the beautiful Helotarsus ecaudatus..by the Dutch colonists in South Africa.
1910 J. Buchan Prester John p.viiiA brace of white berghaan circled far up in the blue.
The black eagle, Aquila verreauxii.
The bateleur eagle, Terathopius ecaudatus of the Accipitridae; ingqanga.

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