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Chestnut-backed sparrowhawk

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Chestnut-backed sparrowlarks (Eremopterix leucotis) are also known as Chestnut-backed finches. They are a partial migrant and inhabit short grassland and semi-arid savannah woodland. Several hundred birds can congregate in the non-breeding season, often circling above the ground when disturbed.

Distribution: Common around Etosha National Park. Scattered populations can be observed in Kaokoland, Damaraland and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip)

Diet: Forages and pecks on the ground for small grass seeds and insects.

Description: Black-headed, with large white-ear patch (leucotis) and narrow white nuchal collar. A terrestrial and aerial singer. Often confused with the grey-backed sparrowhawk which has sandy grey upper parts.

Breeding: Males and females build a dry grass cup in an excavated scrape in the ground. Usually 2 eggs are laid, year-round, and incubated by both sexes for around 11 days.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 22g.

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This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

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Hobatere Lodge

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Huab Lodge

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A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

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A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

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