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common quail

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The common quail (Coturnix coturnix) are usually found singly or in pairs in a semi-dry perennial grassland and herbage habitat associated with patches of shorter grass and lightly wooded savannah. A shy and retiring species they remain under cover and are seldom seen except for when they are disturbed. They will then fly fast and low into cover. Common quails roost at night in coveys on the ground. Coturnix is the Latin word for quail.

Distribution: Scattered populations exist around the country including Rosh Pinah, Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Marienfluss Valley, Tsumkwe and areas of the Caprivi.

Diet: Late afternoon and early evening are the preferred foraging times for the common quail who use their feet and beaks to scratch and scrape the ground for fallen seeds of grass, weeds and grain. Buds, bulbs, flowers and leaves are also eaten

Description: The common quail is a small gamebird without the characteristic spurs. Male and females differ in plumage colouration. Their wings are short and rounded, the tail is short. They are usually found in open, dry to moist grassy or agricultural land and are reluctant fliers. Common quails are seen in family groups or flocks. Calls are high-pitched.

Breeding: Padded nests of rootlets and grass are lined with extra vegetation matter during the incubation period. Usually 5 to 7 eggs are laid in January, May or July.

Size: 16 to 18cm. Weight: 90g.

Fish River Horse Riding

6 Days - A horse riding trail along the famous Fish River Canyon

Desert Horse Ride

6 Days - Riding through the beautiful environment of the Namib Desert around Aus. Includes a visiting the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Horse Riding | Windhoek

A wide variety of horse riding options including: Champagne Breakfast Rides, Sundowner Rides, Rides by the hour & even multiple day outings

Lodges offering riding

Bullsport Guest Farm - Naukluft Riding Experience

Bullsport is one of the premier lodges for both hiking and riding in Namibia. Both take place in the rugged, and scenic Naukluft Mountains. A variety of rides, from a few hours to several days, and expert supervision means the rides here are suitable for everyone from novice to experienced riders.

Desert Homestead Horse Trails

 Offers a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

Etusis Lodge - riding courses

Offers horse riding courses for beginners or experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills as well as day rides on the property

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

A two hour guided horse back safari leads along a dry river with the opportunity to view game species sheltering or feeding in the bush

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Riding lessons, short out-rides and longer trails are all on offer here

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