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alpine swift

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Alpine swifts (Tachymarptis melba) forage over a wide range of habitats including, grassland, rivers, semi-desert, desert and scrub and savannah. They can be observed in small groups and are high-flyers. Pairs roost on nests or clinging to a rock face.

Distribution: T.m. Africanus are widespread in the western two-thirds of Namibia including Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Spitzkoppe, Brandberg Mountain and southern Namibia extending south to the Orange River. T.m. Marjoriae are confined to the north-western regions of the country such as Epupa Falls and Marienfluss Valley.

Diet: Forages higher than other swifts and swallows as well as low over water. Eats small grasshoppers, bugs, wasps, dragonflies, ants, beetles and butterflies. They drink in flight by skimming the surface of water or by catching water droplets dripping from ridges above caves.

Description: Large, mottled brown swifts. Tachymarptis is the Greek word for 'a fast seizer'

Breeding: Breeds in mountainous areas. Nests are made of feathers or plant material to form a shallow cup. Just 1 or 2 eggs are laid between September to March. Incubation periods are around 20 days. Pairs bond and are known to stay together for 10 years or more.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 75g.

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

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