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African reed-warbler

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African reed-warblers (Acrocephalus baeticatus) usually head for any moist or wet areas which could be associated with reedbeds, papyrus, sedges, tall herbs, as well as riverbeds that support tall grass and shrubs.

Distribution: Patchy distribution throughout most of Namibia but greater concentrations can be found along the Orange River and in Fish River Canyon. Observed in northern Namib Desert and Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Gleans vegetation for insects.

Description: Baeticatus is Latin for having brown (plumage) including dark brown wings. Songs are a combination of rhythmic and squeaking notes and grates. Is recorded as being 'vocally inseparable' from the Eurasion reed warbler.

Breeding: Females lay 2 or 3 eggs between September and January in a grass and reed, cup-shaped nest.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 10g.

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

Namibia Tours