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African pygmy kingfisher

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African pygmy-kingfisher (Ispidina picta) are so called because they are the smallest of the African kingfishers. They prefer a woodland habitat, not necessarily near water abut usually found in coastal bush and forest and lush or dry grassy edges and clearing in dense woodland. A feature is their thin, squeaky high-pitched voice, mainly heard during flight.

Distribution: Found only along the Kunene River near Epupa Falls and in the eastern Caprivi regions.

Diet: Catches insects in flight as well as searching the ground for prey. They eat grasshoppers, flies, moths, beetles caterpillars, spiders, millipedes, crabs, small frogs, lizards, skinks and aquatic insects.

Description: Small kingfishers with broad, red flattened bills. Their plumage is blue with a mauve sheen to the back and crown. Ispidina is Latin for resembling the kingfisher and picta is Latin for painted.

Breeding: Between 3 and 6 eggs are laid between September and March in burrows in earthen river banks. Incubation periods are around 18 days and chicks are fed by both male and female for a nestling period of some 18 days.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 15g.

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

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