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brown-throated martin

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Brown-throated martins (Riparia paludicola) are marsh-dwellers, inhabiting rivers, dams, estuaries, open wetlands and sewage works. This species perch on waterside vegetation and fences and huddle at night in small groups communally on reeds.

Distribution: Sparse population throughout Namibia less for the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). Observed near Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Swakopmund.

Diet: Forages with other swallows and swifts over water, skimming insects from the surface. Eats mosquitoes, flies, midges, small beetles and grasshoppers.

Description: Uniform brown, with slightly paler rump. Flight feathers dark brown. Belly and undertail white.

Breeding: Colonial nesters with 6 to 12 burrows per colony, dug along sand banks with a saucer-shaped nest lined with grass common. Females lay 2 to 4 eggs between May and July and incubated in 12 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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