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african stone chat

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: In Namibia, African stonechats (Saxicola torquatus) can be found in pairs or family groups, perching on tall, slender plants in marshy areas, swamp edges and some grassy hillsides.

Distribution: Absent from most of Namibia less the lower Orange River and the extreme north-eastern ranges of the country.

Diet: Drops to the ground from perch or hovers before dropping onto prey. Eats woodlice, snails, small earthworms, spiders, lizards, grasshoppers, bugs, ants, beetles, termites, lizards and small fish.

Description: Torquatus is a Latin word for 'collared' referring to the white patches on the side of the neck (which do not meet). Canary-like repetitive pipes and trills a feature.

Breeding: Females only build a deep, dry grass cup, lined with hair, wool and feathers. From 2 to 5 eggs are laid from July to December, incubated for around 15 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 14g.

The Cababnas | Camp Provenance

Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures

Goibib Mountain Lodge

An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm

Norotshama Lodge

Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post

Orange River Lodge

The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge

A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment

The White House

Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.

Namibia Tours