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Black-headed heron

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Black-headed herons (Ardea melanocephala) are often near wetlands and flooded fields but not dependent on water. They are less common in woodlands. Although they roost and breed communally, they are generally a solitary bird. Commuting long distances from roosting to feeding sites is a feature of the black-headed heron.

Distribution Common and widespread in all areas less for the most arid areas of south-west Namibia and eastern Namibia. Found in Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Luderitz, Sandwich Harbour, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Skeleton Coast, Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi.

Diet: Walks alone slowly through grass for reptiles, small mammals and birds.

Description Large, black, grey and white heron often confused with the similarly sized grey heron.

Breeding: A loose platform of twigs lined with leaves is placed in a tree or reedbed. Females lay 2 to 4 eggs year-round and incubated for about 25 days.

Size: 90cm. Weight: Up to 1.5g.

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

Self Catering Namibia