List of domestic and wild animals of Niger used for food, medicine or otherwise

The names of the animals are given in the following tables:

  1. Wild animals: reptiles
  2. Wild animals: birds
  3. Wild animals: mammals
  4. Wild animals: other animals
  5. Domestic animals

Each table is alphabetically ordered based on the scientific names. Note that generally the Zarma and Hausa names are used for alike animals as well. The basic information for wild animals is derived from EC-FAO (2000). The report does not always provide consistent spelling for Zarma and/or Hausa names for animals. Using the available sources and knowledge of Zarma, choices have been made and sometimes spelling has been adapted. No changes have been made in Hausa spelling, English, Dutch and sometimes French names are derived from information available on the internet.

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Wild animals: reptiles
Scientific name
Zarma
English
Nederlands
Français
Hausa
Agama agama
danfane
small common lizard
kleine hagedis
margouillat (petit lézard)
kadangaré
Bitis arietans
gasama
salamander
salamander
salamandres
kasa
Bufo spp.
koroboto 1
frog
kikker
grenouille
.
Chamaeleo africanus
damé
(African) chameleon
(Afrikaanse) kameleon
caméléon (africain)
hanweynia
Crocodylus niloticus
karé
(Nile) crocodile
(Nijl)krokodil
crocodile
(de Nil)
kada
Eryx muelleri
waïtam
(sand) boa
(zand)boa
boa (d'Afrique occidentale)
tandaka
Geochelone sulcata
kmbiti
spurred tortoise
spoorschildpad
tortue terrestre
kunkuru
Naja nigricolis
firssa
cobra
cobra
cobra
komourtiou
Pelomedusa subrufa
tchimbiti
helmeted tortoise
gehelmde schildpad
tortue
.
Python regius a
kourkour
ball python
'konings'python
python royal
modoua
Python sebea b
gondi géri
'rock' python
'rots'python
python de sebea
mitiji
Testudo sulcata
ankura
spur-thighed tortoises
landschildpad
tortue terrestre
kahihiya
Trionix triunguis
youmaï
inland water tortoise
zoetwater schildpad
torue d'eau douce
.
Varanus exanthematicus
komni 2
savannah monitor
Savanne varaan
varan des sables
damo
Varanus niloticus
baou 3
Nile monitor
Nijlvaraan
varan du Nil
tsari

a Dutch name is translation from French and Danish name (Kongephyton).
b
English and Dutch name are translations from Danish 'Klippephyton'.

Names (also) given in FAO report

1 korboto (not in FAO)
2 baou
3 bâwu



Wild animals: birds (curoyan)
Scientific name
Zarma
English
Nederlands
Français
Hausa
Actophilornis africana
haro-boŋ curo 1
African jacana
lelieloper
jacana à poitrine dorée
taaka bado
Alopochen aegythiacus
birkibirki cece
Egyptian goose
nijlgans
oie d'Egypte
makokha
Anas acuta
hen-daw
pintail (duck)
pijlstaart (eend)
canard pilet
dun-ya
Anas clypeata
fitifita
shoveler (duck)
slobeend
canard souchet
.
Anas querquedula
fitifita
garganey (duck)
zomertaling
sarcelle d'été
.
Ardea cinerea
hoisa
grey heron
blauwe reiger
héron cendré
zalbé
Balearica pavonina
nkaago
black crowned-crane
zwarte kroonkraan
grue couronnée
garmaaka
Bucorvus abyssinicus
burtu
northern ground hornbill
Abessijnse hoornraaf
grand calao
burtu
Bubulcus ibis
bogobogo
cattle egret
koereiger
héron garde-boeuf
balbela
Ciconia abdimii
walia
Abdim's stork
regenooievaar
cigogne d'Abdim.
shamuwaa
Columba guinea
kolwen kirya
speckled pigeon
gespikkelde duif
pigeon de Guinée
huaral-wala
Coracias abyssinicus
dada
Abyssinian roller
Sahelscharrelaar
roller d'Abyssine
tsanwaka
Dendrocygna fauve
noru guya
fulvous whistling-duck
gele boomeend
Dendrocygne fauve
.
Dendrocygna viduata
noru guya
white-faced whistling duck
witwang boomeend
Dendrocygne veuf
.
Egretta alba
koysa
great egret
grote zilverreiger
grande aigrette
.
Eupodotis senegalensis
toka
white-bellied bustard
senegaltrap
poule de pharaon
tankarki
Francolinus albo
darfanda
francolin
frankolijn
francolin
kaza dutsi
Gallinula chloropus
harikuna
common moorhen
waterhoen
poule d'eau
kaza ruwa
Numida melagris
curo bi
helmeted guinea fowl
helmparelhoen
pintade
zabo daji
Oena capensis
burtakoy 2
namaqua dove
langstaartduif (maskerduif)
tourterelle de cap
bardo
Otis arabs
tsourbela
Sudan bustard
trapgans
grande outarde
tujé
Pelicanus rufescens
kaarey wandey
pink-backed pelican
kroeskoppelikaan
spatule d'Afrique
kwasaa kwasaa
Plectopterus gambiensis
mekidimbo
spur-winged goose
(Gambiaanse) gans
canard armé
dun-ya
Porphirio porphyrio
dadar
purple swamp hen
purperkoet
poule sultane
.
Psittacus erithacus
aku
African grey parrot
grijze roodstaartpapegaai
perroquet gris du Gaboŋ
aku
Pterocles exustus
fitifita
chestnut-bellied sand grouse
roodbuikzandhoen
ganga du Sénégal
.
Ptilopachus petrosus
kubu gorwa
stone partridge
rotspatrijs
poule de rochers
kaza geza
Sarkidiornis melanota
hendow
knob-billed goose
knobbeleend
canard casqué
dun-ya
Streptopelia vinacea
kolwen
vinaceous dove
wijntortel
tourterelle vineuse
kurtia
Struthio camalus
taatagaye
ostrich
struisvogel
autruche
jiminaa
Threskiornis aethiopicus
gabou a
sacred ibis
heilige ibis
ibis sacré
shirwa
Tockus erythrorynchus
kotikoti
(northern red-billed) hornbill
neushoornvogel
petit calao
cillikowa
Touraco sp.
kolwen gubba
touraco
toerako
touracos
habja

a noori guyya (Peace Corp Dictionairy)

Names (also) given in FAO report

1 haro-boŋ ciria
2 burtakooi



Wild animals: mammals.
Scientific name
Zarma name
English name
Dutch name
French name
Hausa name
Acinonyx jubatus
mari
cheetah
jachtluipaard
guépard
.
Adenota kob
(Kobus kob)
bessa
Senegal kob
kob
cobe de buffon
maraya
Alcelaphus buselaphus
fondey
Coke's hartbeest
Coke's hartbeest
bubale
dari gomki
Atelerix albiventis
kunu
hedgehog
egel
hérisson
buchia
Canus aureus
zoŋo 1
(golden) jackal
jakhals
chacal
dilla
Cercopithecus aethiops
wankalga
vervet monkey
blauwaap
singe vert (vervet)
tsula
Cyncerus caffer
haw bi
(Cape) buffalo
(Afrikaanse) buffel
buffle
bawna
Eidolon helvum
gamagie
flying fox
vleermuis
chauve-souris
.
Erythrocebus patas
foono kirey
patas monkey
patasaap
singe rouge (patas)
jan biri
Gazella dorcas
jeri 2
dorcas gazelle
dorcas gazelle
gazelle dorcas
bareywa
Gazelle rufifrons
jeri 2
red-fronted gazelle
Thomson's gazelle
gazelle à flancs roux
bareywa
Giraffa camelopardalis
ganji-yo 3
giraffe
giraf
giraffe
rakoumidaji
Herpestes naso
kaabi
(long nosed) mongoose
mangoeste
mongouste
tunku
Hippopotamus amphibius
baŋa 4
hippopotame
nijlpaard
hippopotamus
dorina
Hippotragus equinus
me  kwaaray 5
Roan antelope
Roan antiloop
antilope cheval
gwanki
Hystrix cristata
hamkardji
African crested porcupine
gekuifd stekelvarken
porc-épic du Nord de l'Afrique
baï gouwa
Ictonyx striatus
bugdari
striped polecat zorilla
gestreepte bunzing
zorille commun
bugdari
Kobus defassa
ganji-farkay 6
waterbuck
waterbok
cobe onctueux
gwanbaza
Lepus capensis
tobey
hare
haas
lièvre
zoomo
Loxodonta africana
ce beri 7
(African) elephant
(Afrikaanse) olifant
éléphant (africain)
guiwa
Lutra maculicollis
hari hansi 8
(spotted necked) otter
(gevlekte) otter
loutre (a cou tachete)
karan ruwa
Ourebia ourebi
himbouka
oribi
oribi
ourebi
batsiya
Panthera leo
musu beri 9
lion
leeuw
lion
zaki
Papio doguera
foono bi
baboon
baviaan
babouin
bakin biri
Phacochoerus aethiopicus
birŋa 10
desert warthog,
wild boar
wrattenzwijn,
wild zwijn
phacochère,
sanglier
giado
Sylvicapra grimmia
buka
common duiker
Grimm's duiker
céphalophe de Grimm
gada
Tragelaphus scriptus
tuntungari
bushbuck
bosbok
guib harnaché
madje
Trichechus senegalensis
ayu
West African manatee
Westafrikaanse lamatijn
lamantin
.
Viverra civetta
zibda
civet cat
civetkat
civette
jibda
Xerus erytropus
kuregé/kogné
squirrel
eekhoorn
ecureuil
kuregé
 

Names (also) given in FAO report

1 zogno
2 gueri, djeri
3 gandjiyo
4 bagna, bana
5 me kwara´, me kwarey
6 gangui farka
7 kié béri
8 hari hensi
9 moussu béri, maussu béri
10
birnya, birgna, bilnya and birŋa are probably different way of writing  the same word.
    They refer to a wild species according to Bornand.



Wild animals: others
Scientific name
Zarma name
English name
Dutch name
French name
Hausa name
Androctonus spp.
dan
scorpion
schorpioen
scorpion
kunama
Achatina fulica
alokoto
giant African land snail
agaatslak
achatine, de gros escargot terrestre
.
Biomphalaria spp.
loulou
freshwater snail
zoetwaterslak (drager van Schistosoma mansoni)
escargot d'eau douce
kakan kulii
Bulinus spp.
loulou
freshwater snail
zoetwaterslak (drager van Schistosoma mansoni)
escargot d'eau douce
kakan kulii
Conus spp.
loulou
freshwater snail
zoetwaterslak
escargot d'eau douce
kakan kulii
Cyprea spp.
norizé
cyprea shell
cyprea schelp
cauri
diyan wuri
Dinothrombium spp.
kaïdiya ize
red velvet mite
rode fluweel mijt
mite
damana
Etheria elliptica
diana
freshwater mussel
zoetwater mossel
moule d'eau douce
.
Gryllus spp.
kollo
cricket
krekel
grillon
tsagula
Lynnea natalensis
loulou
freshwater snail
zoetwaterslak
escargot d'eau douce
kakan kulii
Mossamedessa abnormis
dan beri
'waltzing' spider
walsende spin
araignée valser
roso roso
Mutela dubia,
M. rostrata
jingam
freshwater mussels
zoetwater mossels
moules d'eau douce
comba
Myrmeleonidae
gandafarkey
common ant-lions (doodle bugs)
mierenleeuwen
fourmilions
rakumikasa
Nephila senegalensis
dadara
banded-legged golden orb-web spider
spin met gestreepte poten
araignée à patte rayé
taw taw
Pandanus spp.
dan bi
African emperor scorpions
zwarte reuze schorpioen
scorpion noir géant
kunama
Papilio demodocus
alpha tiow-tiow
(citrus swallowtail) butterfly
vlinders
papillons
malam didi
Poekilocerus spp.
saji do 1
locust, grasshopper
veldsprinkhaan
sauterelle/criquet (acridiens)
houral tounfafia
Polistes spp.
hawlondi
paper wasps
veldwespen
polistes
rina
Schizophilum spp.
kondjandjé
millipede
duizendpoot
mille-pattes
daïdaya
Sphodromantis spp.
beri beri
praying mantis
bidsprinkhaan
mante
koki koki

Names (also) given in FAO report

1 sagey do



Domestic animals
Scientific name
Zarma name
English name
Dutch name
French name
Hausa name
Bovinae, bovini
haw
cow
koe (rund)
boeuf
.
Camelus dromedarius
yo
dromedary
dromedaris
dromadaire
.
Canis lupus familiaris
hansi
dog
hond
chien
.
Capra hircus
hincin
goat
geit
chèvre
.

Columbella spp.

tantabal; kolnay

pigeon duif pigeon  
Equus asinus
farkay
donkey
ezel
âne
.
Equus caballus
bari
horse
paard
cheval
.
Felis sylvestris catus
musu
cat
kat
chat
.
Gallus domesticus
goroŋo
chicken
kip
poule
.

Ovis aries

feji

sheep

schaap

mouton

 

Sus domesticus

alada pig varken cochon, porc
.



Last updated: 08 februari 2012