Due to their call (kwe!) the common nickname is the "go away" bird (you have to say "go away" to sound like g'waay! ) and this sound is used in all the local language names for the bird: Kwêvoël [Afrikaans]; umKlewu [Zulu]; Nkwe [Kwangali]; Mokowe [North Sotho]; Kuwe, Pfunye [Shona]; Umkluwe [Swazi]; Nkwenyana (generic term for lourie) [Tsonga]; Mokuê [Tswana].
A true little story about the Grey Loerie and Jacarandas (the tree in the painting) :
Both have followed in the wake of human migration, neither strictly indigenous to the places they now thrive. They are both however very common and evocative of human settlements across Southern Africa. Coming from the Northern half of Southern Africa, they first reached Johannesburg as recently as 1978!
The tree canopies that follow the formation of towns across the grasslands, have allowed the Loerie's to forge ever deeper into territories they could never previously have inhabited. They actively participate in paving their own way by spreading these tree canopies, in particular the fruit bearing alien varieties like the Syringa
In spirit both the bird and the tree are truly African settlers. Alien indigenous, like us. Maybe more Grey Loerie's will follow these to London?