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african spoonbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African spoonbills (Platalea alba) are often observed in parties from 3 to 30 exclusively in shallow aquatic habitats, such as lake and river margins, seasonal and permanent pans, floodplains, marshes, coastal lagoons and estuaries. Reed-beds and trees are favoured roosting sites.

Distribution Etosha National Park, Kunene River Mouth, Caprivi, Chobe/Zambezi River systems, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and other southern and central regions.

Diet: Feeds with other wading birds for mainly small fish and aquatic invertebrates. Noted to follow hippos and crocs for disturbed prey.

Description: White or pinkish plumage. Long, spoon-shaped bill, slightly decurved. Bright red feet and legs.

Breeding: In April or June, females lay 2 to 4 eggs in a stick, twig and reed nest, lined with dry grass. Incubation takes up to 29 days.

Size: 90cm. Weight: 1.6kg.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Self Catering Namibia