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cape bunting

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: In Namibia, Cape buntings (Emberiza capensis) inhabit mopane savannah, saline desert, succulent steppe and dwarf shrub savannah. They are known to become tame around human settlements, with single observations common, as are pairs and family groups during the breeding season.

Distribution: There are 2 of the 9 subspecies of Cape bunting found in southern Africa found in Namibia. They are E.c. Capensis (central and north-western regions) and E.c. Bradfieldi (southern Namibia). Locations include Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Damaraland, the Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Eats seeds, ants and termites.

Description: Variations between subspecies revolve mainly around the shades of brown and the streakings on the scapulars, back and mantle. The underpart colouration also differ from subspecies to subspecies.

Breeding: Untidy cup-shaped nests are made from rootlets, seeds, dry grass and hair. Eggs are laid from October to April and incubated for up to 16 days.

Size: 16cm. Weight: 20g.

Whole of Namibia Tour

16 Days - Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha and a few extra places thrown in for good measure make this the complete Namibian holiday

Classic Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - A combination of lodges & luxury 'camping'. Includes visits to Cheetah Conservation, Etosha Park, Damaraland (and a Himba village), Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei

Grand Namibia Safari

11 Days - The most scenic and interesting parts of of the country one one full inclusive guided safari

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