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common greenshank

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Common greenshanks (Tringa nebularia) potter around borders of dams and ponds, short grassland, natural pans, beaches, estuaries and lagoons. Sightings of them roosting by standing in shallow water are common.

Distribution: Widespread throughout Namibia especially the central regions, northern coastal Skeleton Park, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Etosha National Park, Orange River, Caprivi Strip.

Diet: Solitary foragers along the water's edge by day following the tidal patterns for fish fry, tadpoles and insects, small crabs, shrimps and sand prawns.

Description: Large wader often confused with the small marsh sandpiper. Nebularis refers to their 'cloudy, blended colours' of the upperparts colouration.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 32cm. Weight: 170g. Wingspan: 70cm.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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