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common waxbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Common waxbills (Estrilda astrild) are usually found in reeds, rushes and grasses near water. They are also attracted to gardens and the ephemeral rivers of the Namib Desert, where seeding grasses provide food and suitable cover.

Distribution: Scattered and isolated populations can be found all over the country less for the southern Namib Desert. Common around the Orange River.

Diet: Forages whilst clinging upside down in trees and when on the ground. Eats flowers and seeds of a number of grasses and sedges. Also takes small insects.

Description: Pale grey-brown forehead to nape, with a bright-red/crimson eye stripe extending from the lores above and below the eye, thinning at the ear coverts. Upper parts and wing coverts are finely barred dark brown as are the rump and upper tail coverts.

Breeding: Both sexes build pear-shaped green grass nest, complete with a tubular entrance and false nest. From 3 to 9 eggs are laid from November to May and incubated for about 12 days.

Size: 12cm. Weight: 8g.

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

Namibia Tours