1885H. Rider HaggardKing Solomon’s Mines (1972) 127They were all men of mature age, mostly veterans of about forty...They wore upon their heads heavy black plumes of Sacaboola feathers, like those which adorned our guides.
1896H.L. TangyeIn New S. Afr. 105One of the most strange inhabitants of the Transvaal is a small black bird, the Sakabula.
1905W.L. Sclater inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 138The Great-tailed Widow Bird (Coliopasser procne)..is called ‘Sakabuli’ by the kafirs and often by the English, and has a tail sometimes reaching a length of 20 inches although the body of the bird only measures three or four.
1936E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 28Sakabula, Diatropura progne...The males in breeding dress, flying over the veld with their enormous tails streaming behind them, are a common sight in many parts of the country.
1937S. CloeteTurning Wheels 362A saccabula, gorgeous in his black spring feathers, his wings blotched with red.
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 83Uniformed in leopard skins and sakabula feathers, the feathers of the widow-bird.
1969E. RouxGrass: Story of Frankenwald 43The sakabula will not breed except in long grass and does not flourish when open fields give place to cultivation, orchards and buildings...The sakabula..eats seeds only.
1973Weekend Post 28 Apr. 3The long-tailed, black widow birds, commonly known as sakabullas.
1980J.O. OliverBeginner’s Guide to our Birds 71A familiar sight to everyone in the summer, is the male ‘Sakabula’ with his long, beautiful tail, flying over his territory.
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