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black stork

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Black storks (Ciconia nigra) inhabit floodplains, shallows of rivers, dams, pans, estuaries, pools of water on dry river beds and occasionally on flooded grassland and marshland. Black storks are usually observed singly, although pairing and small groups are also common. Roosting is on cliffs, pylons or in trees, sometimes with woolly-necked storks.

Distribution Throughout Namibia less for the Namib Desert, Caprivi and Kalahari Desert. Found in Etosha National Park and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Eats sharptooth catfish, mud-fishes, tilapia, carp, frogs and toads, tadpoles, small mammals, small reptiles such as tortoise, large insects and freshwater snails.

Description Medium-sized stork with a long, straight bill. Mainly black white plumage. Ciconia is Latin for 'the white stork'. Nigra is Latin for 'black'.

Breeding: A dry stick and reed platform, shaped into a central cup is lined with dry grass. Females lay 2 to 5 eggs between April and August incubated for up to 36 days.

Size: 110cm. Weight: 2.8kg. Wingspan: 1.5m.

Arnhem Cave Rest Camp

The Arnhem Caves are the largest in Namibia, this simple rest camp allows guests to explore these caves

Eningu Clay House

Built from locally made red Kalahari clay bricks this is a wonderful lodge. Expect good food, stunning Kalahari sunsets and a warm welcome

Kiripotib Guest Farm

Hans and Claudia run an excellent guest farm - activities include game drives, learning about (and eating) local sheep, the art centre and carpet weaving. We think this is one of the best guest farms in Namibia

Sandune Lodge

Offers a variety of accommodation styles from guest houses to a tented camp.

Self Catering Namibia