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african pied wagtail

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African pied wagtails (Motacilla aguimp) favour permanent water courses, preferring wide rivers and water bodies with exposed boulders and rocks or sandy banks. Is frequently observed around human settlements, usually in pairs or small family flocks, at times reaching 100 birds.

Distribution: Isolated populations throughout Namibia, but common around the Orange River and Fish River Canyon. Also observed in Epupa Falls, Kavango River region, Caprivi Strip and Etosha National Park.

Diet: Picks prey from vegetation whilst walking. Eats crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars and butterflies, dragonflies, termites and ants, tadpoles and worms. Also takes grass seeds and on occasions small fish.

Description: Black upper parts with a 'washed grey' rump. Aguimp is a French word meaning 'with a wimple' referring to the black hood on the neck, head and sides of the face. Flight feathers have white bases on black.

Breeding: Nests are made from dry grass, weeds, roots and at times seaweed. From 2 to 5 eggs are laid from June to December and incubated for up to 15 days.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 26g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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