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This study is an investigation of specialized knowledge of birds (bāhendayal) among speakers of the Mamasani dialect of Southern Luri (SL), an Indo-European language with approximately one million speakers in southwestern Iran. The author provides a description of bird physiology and an inventory of cognitive distinctions that speakers use to differentiate bird types. A comprehensive taxonomy of bird knowledge in Southern Luri is presented in a diagram of bird families followed by adoi:10.2993/0278-0771(2006)26[1:bbcisl]2.0.co;2 fatcat:wyxvjclrbbbenlqwyj55rh6eii