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Collared sunbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Collared sunbirds (Hedydipna collaris) favour forest edges and woodland as well as thick thorny savannah, usually in pairs.

Distribution: North-east Namibia only, mainly on the western section of the Bwabwata National Park, Linyanti Marshes and the Zambezi River. Common in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Hedydipna is a Greek word meaning 'sweet-feeding or sweet-eating'.

Description: A small sunbird with a short, stubby bill. Head and upper parts a bright metallic green, with a blackish tail and blackish brown flight feathers. There is a bluish-purple band across the upper breast which borders below the bright metallic green chin and throat.

Breeding: A dried grass and twiglet nest is built by the female only. From 1 to 4 eggs are laid in May or September and incubated by the female only for up to 14 days.

Size: 10cm. Weight: 8g.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Namibia Tours