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Namibia is a paradise for the keen birder ... and the visitor who mainly came for the big African game will soon turn into one. Birds are found everywhere in great numbers, from about a dozen species frequently seen in urban gardens and another few dozens that are regular inhabitants of farmlands and mountainous terrains, to a few hundred species recorded in nature conservation areas like the Etosha Nat. Park and protected wetlands of the Kavango and Caprivi Regions. 

 

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Add the rich coastal birdlife and the seasonal migrants from Europe and it becomes clear that exploring Namibia's birds can fill entire holiday programmes - repeatedly, during any time of the year. Bird watching is particularly rewarding at the height of the breeding season, during the Southern African summer months, November to March.
The arrival of migratory species usually takes place ...

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Karas

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Khomas

Kunene

Omaheke

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Ohangwena

Oshana

Oshikoto

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zondjupa

Guinea Fowl
photographed
in a private garden in Windhoek, during one of its family's
regular visits in
June  2007.
Photo: V. Bause

 

 

 

 

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around October but Namibia is the final destination for only some of these birds. Others just take a break in our country, prior to tackling the last leg of their long exhausting journey to South Africa.


Birds of prey are a common sight around Namibia too, with smaller species frequently encountered along public overland roads, and the highest density of large predatory birds found in the north-eastern interior.


The Waterberg Plateau Park and its northern slopes count amongst the birding hotspots, as this is where Namibia's last tiny colony of the endangered Cape

   
 

Griffon Vulture and carrion birds may be observed from close quarters.

Pelagic birds are particularly plentiful  in the area of Walvis Bay, its beautiful lagoon, and Sandwich Harbour. Large colonies of flamingos, cormorants, and pelicans as well as many individuals of smaller species are easily seen during overland and boating excursions.

 

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