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Crimson-breasted shrike

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Crimson-breasted shrikes (Laniarius atrococcineus) are very active and agile birds, found singly or in terrestrial pairs in Kalahari thornveld, Acacia savannah and dry scrubland with some clusters of small trees. Roosting on the mid to lower branches is preferred, especially on a sickle-bush.

Distribution: Mainly from the Namibian escarpment east to Botswana. Common in Epupa Falls, Rundu, Caprivi Strip, Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park. Absent from the Namib Desert and the very south of the country.

Diet: Forages on the ground, in tree trunks and in foliage for ants, beetles, caterpillars and small fruits.

Description: Laniarius is Latin for 'shrike-like thrush'. Back, wings, tail, top and sides of head jet black.

Breeding: Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid at 24hr intervals from October to January and incubated for about 16 days.

Size: 22cm. Weight: 50g.

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