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cattle egret

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) chiefly inhabit open grassland and grassy savannah, agricultural land and pastures, typical locations for domestic livestock, pachyderms and antelope. They avoid deserts, forests and dense woodland and roost in reedbeds or trees in or near inland water bodies.

Distribution Found throughout Namibia except for the southern Namib Desert. Observed in Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Rundu, Skeleton Coast, Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Frequently forages in association with cattle. Hunts by walking stealthily for locusts, grasshoppers, beetles, ticks, river frogs, toad, worms, spiders, fish, tadpoles, reptiles, small mammals, birds and molluscs.

Description Small, short-necked heron with a short and stout bill. Mainly white plumage. Bubulcus is Latin for 'a cow-herd'

Breeding: A nest consisting of dry sticks, reeds and weed stems, laid from June to July provides a site for the female to lay between 1 and 7 eggs, incubated for around 25 days. Nest predators include the African rock python, sacred ibis, grey-headed gull and the African fish-eagle.

Size: 54cm. Weight: 390g.

Namibia Explorer

10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Delta & Falls Safari

9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls

Namibia Family Adventure Safari

10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults

Southern Swing

7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari

Northern Adventure

7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei

Self Catering Namibia