Nik Tailor wrote:

>Or the Dyirbal system, wherein "bird" is placed with "female human",
>because they believed that birds were the souls of deceased women and
>girls.  And I love their gender 3 - "non-flesh food"!  In full:
>Gender 1: Male human and other animates
>Gender 2: Female human, fire, fighting, danger, and birds
>Gender 3: Non-flesh food
>Gender 4: Everything else [presumably including meat]

That system made a close second on my list.

If I remember right, animates were split between Gender 1 and Gender 2.  Most
birds are 2 but some are 1, most insects are 1 but some are 2, etc.  Quite