Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Bearded woodpeckers (Dendropicos namaquus) are common in open deciduous woodland and savannah habitats such as mopane trees. They avoid timber plantations and evergreen forests. Pairs remain together all year round but are distant foragers often amongst other woodpeckers. Will roost in a solitary hole at night and will move behind a branch at the first sign of danger.
Diet: Insects, spiders and occasionally lizards.
Description: Largest of the tree woodpeckers in southern African with distinctive black forehead and forecrown.
Breeding: Females produce a single brood per year consisting of 1 to 3 eggs laid in a hole in the trunk or dead stem of a large tree. Eggs are produced between April and December with an incubation period of 13 days with male and female operating a shift system every 20 to 70min.
Size: 23 to 25cm. Weight: 87g.
Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony
An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.
Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here
A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays