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common fiscal

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Common fiscals (Lanius collaris) are generally common in Namibia found singly or occasionally in pairs in woodland and open savannah. Other habitats include shrubland with scattered trees and grassland with similar tree and bush growth. All 4 sub-species of common fiscal can be found in the country.

Distribution: Sparse distribution in northern Namibia but common throughout the rest of the country including Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Sits and wait on exposed perch for snails, grasshoppers, moths, lizards, chameleons, frogs, snakes, rodents, bats and birds.

Description: Dark grey back, bluish-grey rump, greyish-white upper tail coverts. Often confused with lesser grey shrike. Year-round singers.

Breeding: Both male and female build a deep, thick-walled cup built of bark, grass and twigs. Females usually lay 1 to 5 eggs between August and June and incubated for around 15 days.

Size: 22cm. Weight: 40g.

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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