Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The African hoopoe (Upupa africana) can be seen in an open woodland habitat with a short-grass undergrowth. Other areas include gardens orchards and plantations. They are usually in pairs or singly. A defence feature of this species is to freeze, that is to lie on the ground with a flattened crest, whilst looking up with the bill, also pointing to the sky. They sometimes dustbathe and when disturbed will flutter away with a 'moth-like' flight.
Diet: Mainly large insects.
Description: Distinctive fan-shaped crest is the most recognizable feature as well as squirting a foul-smelling liquid excrement when disturbed. Long de-curved bill.
Breeding: Between 4 and 7 eggs are laid between August and February with an incubation period of 15 to 16 days. Snakes including the Cape cobra are a threat to nests.
Size: 26cm. Weight: 57g.
6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek
5 Days - A visit to Etosha and a private game park in central Namibia. Windhoek-Windhoek
4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Windhoek
3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek
3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.