1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 153Korr-haen is the name of a kind of Otis, which conceals itself perfectly, with great art, till one comes pretty near to it, when on a sudden it soars aloft, and almost perpendicularly into the air, with a sharp, hasty, and quavering scream, of the repetition of Korrh, Korrh, which is an alarm to the animals throughout the whole neighbourhood.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 148Difficult as it is to come within reach of it, we at last shot a korhaan, a bird which in its flights cries kok-karri, kok-carri.
1800G. Yonge inS.D. NaudéKaapse Plakkaatboek Deel V (1950) 208In order to define what animals in this Colony, come under the description of game the following are to be considered as such, hares, partridges, pheasants, korans, wild peacocks, [etc.].
1819J.F. StephensContinuation of Shaw’s Gen. ZoologyXI. 451[Otis afra] Native of the country north of the Cape of Good Hope, where it is called Korhane, or Knorhaan, from its cry.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 186A small species of Otis, or bustard, called Korhaan..(or Knorhaan), a name which is given also to two or three other kinds of Otis.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 99No living thing to relieve the monotony of the scenery, except the korhaan,..screaming forth its hoarse, discordant cry.
1840B. ShawMemorials 84Mrs. S. had for some time been indisposed, and could eat but little; I therefore, occasionally pursued hares, partridges, doves, and khorans.
c1850R.G.G. CummingHunter’s LifeI. 49I saw and shot the black koran, an excellent game-bird, allied to the bustards, so abundant throughout South Africa.
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 132Here..we find the various kinds of coran or koraan, a fine specimen of game bird much like a large grouse in general appearance.
1860A.W. DraysonSporting Scenes 59Two species of bustards were common; viz: the coran and the pouw, both excellent eating.
c1881A. DouglassOstrich Farming 146It was discovered that the guinea-fowls, pows, corhans, fowls, and many of the small birds throughout the country had contracted the disease, and were spreading it in all directions.
1912Report for 1911 (Dept of Justice) 107Korhaan were the most plentiful of the game birds, and did a considerable amount of damage to the crops.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 271Knorhaan or Korhaan,..Otis afra..is exceedingly noisy when disturbed, and well deserves the name of ‘Scolding-cock’; its raucous cry has been fairly described as resembling a ‘shrill-voiced woman’s nagging heard afar, so that the words are not intelligible’.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 79Most frequent and..annoying..was the koorhaan, whose irritating croaking cackle could be heard on all sides, and which seemed to take a mischievous delight in disturbing other game of a less suspicious nature.
1936L.G. GreenSecret Afr. 229Hunters in the North-West Cape usually open the gizzards of the large game birds, the paauw and korhaan, in the hope of finding diamonds.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1105The korhaan is a bustard and varies in size from a pheasant to a good-sized fowl. It is a great runner and fairly abundant everywhere in South Africa.
1942S. CloeteHill of Doves 108A korhaan, its white breast red in the sunset, flung chattering into the sky.
1985Style Oct. 90There’s a rich bird life..; from the korhaans, blue cranes and secretary-birds to the small multi-hued rollers.
1936E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 154A related species is: Barrow’s Korhaan, Eupodotis cafra, in which all the colours are much paler, and only the male has any blue, a pale grey-blue band down the front of the neck. Underparts white.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 224We saw the gom pauw and the white-quilled and the red-crested korhaan.
1975Dict. of Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. 143Red-crested korhaan,..bird commonly seen in the bushveld; the male has a characteristic red crest and is known for its vertical tumblings in the air.
1857E.L. Layard inCape Monthly Mag.I. June 386The Vaal Korhaan, recently presented by J. Rose Innes, Esq., of Riversdale, is a valuable addition to the collection of birds.
1899R.B. & J.D.S. WoodwardNatal Birds 175Pink Bustard — (Heterotorax vigorsi). This bird is called the ‘Vaal Koran’.
1900B. MitfordAletta 149How many birds have you got? ‘Brace of partridge and two koorhaans. One is vaal koorhaan, and a fine one too.’
1955V. De KockFun They Had 160The Vaal Korhaan..can be, as Bryden found, ‘very uncertain birds’ to shoot.
1978McLachlan & LiversidgeRoberts Birds of S. Afr. 156White-bellied Korhaan...The only small Korhaans with a white belly in both sexes...A bird of open grassveld.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 213The Black Korhaan..is confined to the Cape Province, being replaced north of the Orange River by the White-quilled Korhaan (O[tis]afroides), which..has the primary wing feathers white on the inner web, only the tips being black.
1937[see quot. at red-crested korhaanabove].
1992B. Ryan inSunday Times 26 Apr. 14The recreated Whitewinged Black Korhaan is..already being referred to in some birding circles..as the Whitequilled Korhaan.
1993[see quot. at white-winged korhaanbelow].
1992B. Ryan inSunday Times 26 Apr. 14The biggest change for Transvaal birders is that what they have known as the Black Korhaan — common in grasslands throughout the Transvaal, Free State, Northern Cape and Botswana — has become the Whitewinged Black Korhaan because the Black Korhaan is now held to be restricted to the Western Cape.
1993G.L. MacleanRoberts’ Birds of Sn Afr. 211Black Korhaan...Status: Very common resident. Populations outside of sw Cape winter-rainfall area have white in remiges (sc. flight feathers of wing); may be separate species, Whitequilled (or Whitewinged) Korhaan Eupodotis afraoides.
1913W.W. ThompsonSea Fisheries of Cape Col. 12It was so easy to catch them that one could not quickly enough throw the hooks into the water in order to draw them up again with ‘Korhanen’, red, spotted, and other fish.
Any of several species of bird of the Otididae, especially Eupodotis cafra (the black korhaan, see b below); core-hen; knorhaan1 a; vlakpou, vlaktepou, see pou2.
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