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african quailfinch

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African quailfinches (Ortygospiza atricollis) predominately inhabit short, open grassland and highland savannah, usually near a water body. A noisy, but small bird, observations are far more difficult than sound.

Distribution: Around Windhoek, Etosha National Park, northern Namibia, Tsumkwe and Kaudom Park, Kwando River, Bwabwata National Park, Linyanti Marshes and the Chobe/Zambezi River systems.

Diet: Eats mainly grass seeds and small insects such as spiders and termites.

Description: A short, ground-living finch with a small tail, strong legs and feet and long, hind toes on flat claws. Distinctive white 'spectacles' enclosing the eyes and lores, with a small white square on the chin. Atricollis is Latin for 'black-necked'. Produces a distinctive 'tinkling' call when disturbed as it rises into the air. Ortygospiza is a Greek meaning for 'a quail finch'.

Breeding: Male and females build a grass ball-shaped nest lined with finer seed materials. From 3 to 6 eggs are laid at daily intervals and incubated for around 15 days.

Size: 10cm. Weight: 10g.

Auas Safari Lodge

A privately owned game farm, with a good variety of wildlife just a short distance south of Windhoek.

Daan Viljoen Game Park

Newly built lodge in a small well stocked game reserve west of Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm

This lodge is very popular amongst those seeking leopard and cheetah viewing close to Windhoek. Regular feedings guarantee great sightings and photographic opportunities

Elisenheim Guest Farm

A relaxing lodge in the Eros Mountains (named after a local fruit and not the goddess of love) around 30km north of the city

Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Opposite the Windhoek International Airport, close enough to be extremely convenient but far enough away that planes are not a distraction. Great for those arriving late or leaving early, as cuts out the 45km drive from Windhoek/

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

Between Windhoek and the International Airport lies this interesting cattle & game farm

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

Large lodge on a large well stocked game farm


On a large private game farm close to the Windhoek International Airport, ideal for those not wanting to travel into Windhoek before or after their arrival in Namibia

Onjala Lodge

Offering horse riding, spa treatments and two swimming pools, this is a good family lodge

River Crossing Lodge

a few kilometers east of Windhoek this lodge offers unsurpassed views of the city from a setting in the Auas Mountains

Windhoek Game Camp

20km north of the city, this tented lodge offers a quality self catering experience surrounded by the veld and wildlife

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