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african purple swamphen

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African purple swamphens (Porphyrio madagascariensis) are found in a number of water type habitats that include slow running rivers and still waters that are fringed with bulrushes, sedges and reeds. Marshes and swamps with permanent water are also a favourite.

Distribution: Scattered and patchy populations in the Caprivi, Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Namib Desert coastal regions, Fish River Canyon and the Orange River.

Diet: Clambers around in swamp and marsh vegetation for mainly vegetable matter such as roots, stems, flowers and seeds. Also eats snails, insects, worms, leeches, frog and fish eggs, small fish, snails, frogs, birds' eggs, nestlings and carrion. Also eats

Description: Medium to large-sized rail with short but heavy bills adapted for biting through tough vegetation. Green, blue or purple plumage. Porphyrio is Greek for purple.

Breeding: Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid in large, shallow cup made from bulrushes, grass and reeds. Young can walk and swim soon after hatching.

Size: 46cm. Weight: 635g.

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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