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Black-headed canary

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Black-headed canaries (Serinus alario) inhabit arid to semi-arid shrublands on rocky hillsides, desert grassland with scattered trees and bushes and coastal Karoo shrubland. Small to large flocks are common, otherwise in pairs or family groups when breeding.

Distribution: Range extends from Damaraland south through Nama and Succulent Karoo to the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River.

Diet: Eats mainly seeds of grasses.

Description: Black head and neck with a white nuchal collar that extends to the white sides of the upper breast. The back and rump are chestnut or russet coloured. Alario is a Latin word derived alarius meaning 'on the wing' or 'a flier' presumably referring to their nomadic activity.

Breeding: From 2 to 5 eggs are laid in a deep dry grass cup, incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 12cm. Weight: 12g.

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

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