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Cardinal woodpecker

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Cardinal woodpeckers (Dendropicos fuscescens) inhabit any woodland, thornveld and broad-leafed woodland savannah, but avoid evergreen forest and farmsteads. It is the most common tree woodpecker in southern African. Predators include the Ovambo sparrowhawk.

Distribution: Throughout Namibia such as Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Rundu, Tsumkwe, Luderitz and scattered around the Kalahari Desert.

Diet: Forages in thin, mainly dead branches, stems of trees and shrubs, often hanging under branches to peck open cavities to extract larvae and pupae of beetles and other insects. Also eats spiders, fruit of selected trees which they break into the seed pods.

Description: Small to medium-sized woodpeckers with a short to medium length bill. Plumages are adorned with speckles, spots and bars. They have a distinctive loud, screeching voice. The word Dendropicos is Greek for tree pecker and fuscescens is Latin for becoming brown.

Breeding: Between 1 and 3 eggs are laid between July and December in a nest dug by both male and female, usually above ground on the underlying side of a dead, leaning tree stem. Incubation periods are around 12 or 13 days.

Size: 14 to 16cm. Weight: 30g.

Africa Safari Lodge

only 25 kilometers west of Mariental this lodge promises an interesting safari experience. With over 19 game species including white rhino on the property, those seeking wildlife in this arid area are unlikely to be disappointed

Anandi Mariental Guesthouse

10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental

Auob Lodge

Large; budget friendly lodge.

Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Excellent lodge in the Kalahari Desert, offers accommodation in units made of straw bales or wood. Bagatelle proves to be consistently popular with guests

Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Center

Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.

Hardap Dam Resort

Recently upgraded, the resort is reasonably close to the main highway and offers an alternative overnight stop for those traveling between South Africa and southern Namibia towards Windhoek and other central areas of the country

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Tends to cater for larger groups, but the low rates make it attractive for those looking to save some money.

Indigo Self Catering

Small self catering establishment in the pretty Kalahari town of Stampriet

Kalahari Farmhouse

A small well run lodge near the scenic village of Stampriet

Kalahari Game Lodge

Close to the Mata Mata border, the lodge is situated on a large well stocked game park. This is an excellent place to view Kalahari black maned lions

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

A 12 room lodge situated in a nature reserve and set amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert

Lapa Lange Game Lodge

Only a few kilometers from Mariental this magnificent game lodge is a green oasis in the Kalahari Desert. A wildlife breeding program means several rare buck species can be found on the lodge's game farm

Stampriet Historical Guest House

A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal which inhabits the Kalahari - we do not know why this lodge is named after them. Perhaps if you stay here and find out you can tell us and then we can make this slightly more descriptive

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

A tented lodge, built on the small red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

The third lodge on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve (along with Suricate & Camethorn Lodges). The Kalahari is absolutely magnificent and really should be a part of any visit to Namibia.

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