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african hoopoe

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.

Distribution: Widely throughout Namibia but absent from most of the southern Namib Desert and dry Karoo regions.

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.

Dunes & Wildlife

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

Desert Dream Tour

4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Tour

4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Express

3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Express

3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek

Sossusvlei Shuttle Tour

3 Days - Of all our short trips to Soussusvlei this tour offers the best value for money

Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari

3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.

Namibia Tours