kokkewiet, noun

Forms:
cock-o-veet, cock-o-viekShow more Also cock-o-veet, cock-o-viek, kockervick, kok-a-viek, kokevic, kook-a-vic.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, onomatopoeic.
Either of two bush-shrikes of the Malaconotidae, or their calls: a. Laniarius ferrugineus, with black head, back, and wings, creamy-white chest, and cinnamon-buff lower belly and flanks. b. The bokmakierie, Telophorus zeylonus.
1882 O.E.A. Schreiner Diamond Fields. 88She could not hear the cock-o-veets sing, even when she had the ear-trumpet in, for she was very deaf.
1896 E. Clairmonte Africander 126The Kook-a-vic was piping his shrill note in a bush hard by — ‘Kook-a-vic, kook-a-vic, kook-a-vic’.
1900 B. Mitford Aletta 147A ‘kok-a-viek’, the yellow African thrush, was calling to his mate in his melodious triple hoot.
1908 Haagner & Ivy Sketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 98The well-known Bakbakiri (Laniarius gutturalis), called by most Colonials the ‘Kokevic’, from its call.
a1920 O.E.A. Schreiner From Man to Man (1926) 49A cock-o-veet came flying up to her.
a1920 O.E.A. Schreiner From Man to Man (1926) 49Kokkewiet: The Bush-shrike, a very handsome bird with resonant call notes of great beauty.
1931 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Museum) I. 100Telephorus zeylonus..Kokevic (kockivit)..Olive green above, but crown and nape grey.
1936 E.L. Gill First Guide to S. Afr. Birds 49Bokmakierie, Bacbakiri, Kokkewiet...The calls are duets by the inseparable pair.
1940 A. Roberts Birds of S. Afr. 299Laniarius ferrugineus ferrugineus. Boubou shrike..Kokkewiet..Remains concealed in the tangles and its presence is made known only by its loud duets, ‘ko ko,’ ‘kweet,’ and other less noisy clucking notes.
1947 E.R. Seary S. Afr. Short Stories (Glossary)Kokkewiet,..one of the many bush shrikes. It is yellow and green with black patches and has a distinctive call..variously described: ‘bok, bok kiririe’, pirrevit, quit, quit, quit.
1967 E. Rosenthal Encycl. of Sn Afr. 67Bokmakierie or Kokkewiet (Telophorus zeylonus).
[1970 O.P.M. Prozesky Field Guide to Birds of Sn Afr. 266Common Bou-bou Shrike,..The most common [duet] is antiphonic: a loud, clear bisyllabic ‘koko’ from the male, immediately followed by a ‘weet’ from the female.]
1970 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 401Bokmakierie..is sometimes locally referred to as bakbakiri, kokkewiet, janpierewiet or bush-shrike.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Sept. 50There is, too, the typically South African witboskraai (pied crow), the kokkewiet — better known as bokmakierie.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 1 Oct. 15A male kokkewiet (bokmakierie) is boisterously proclaiming that the entire area around my homestead is his domain.
1989 F.G. Butler Tales from Old Karoo 201In spite of the cold, there were butterflies about the aloe roads, and Kokkewiet cries echoing in the kloof.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 303His pondering pause was filled with doves and kokkewiets.
Laniarius ferrugineus, with black head, back, and wings, creamy-white chest, and cinnamon-buff lower belly and flanks.
The bokmakierie, Telophorus zeylonus.
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