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common swift

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Common swifts (Apus apus) can be seen frequently over open, semi-arid country, usually following rain when the vegetation is at its best. They are gregarious birds, congregating in flocks from 10's or 20's to 100's and even 1,000's.

Distribution: Common throughout most of Namibia, especially Etosha National Park.

Diet: Aerial feeders, eats mainly small insects. Drinks in flight by skimming over the surface of water.

Description: Medium-sized swifts with white throats, and a tail that is forked to square. Apus is the Greek word for 'without feet', referring to their highly reduced feet and legs.

Breeding: Migrant breeders. Nests in cracks in rock faces, on buildings or in other birds' nests.

Size: 17cm. Weight: 40g.

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Tours