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cape robin-chat

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The Cape robin-chat (Cossypha caffra) or the Cape (caffra) robin, can be heard singing mainly from dawn to dusk in riverine scrub and tree lines. They can also adapt to orchards and gardens, often singly, seen frequently jerking the tail.

Distribution: Along the Orange River, through the Fish River Canyon and the Fish River valley as far north as the Hardap Dam near Mariental.

Diet: Forages in woodland and forest canopies for mainly insects. Eats ants, beetles, caterpillars and moths, bees and wasps, crickets, spiders, flies, small frogs and lizards. Also takes millipedes and earthworms. Also eats a wide variety of small fruits.

Description: A medium-sized robin-chat with orange underparts and tail. Greyish brown wings and back.

Breeding: An open cup nest is built of twigs, dead leaves and moss. Females lay 2 to 3 eggs from August to October, incubated for up to 19 days.

Size: 17cm. Weight: 28g.

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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