Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Crowned cormorants (Phalacrocorax coronatus) inhabit open coast and offshore islands, roosting on boulders, moored boats and piers, avoiding sandy beaches. This species usually fly singly and are seldom observed in groups.
Diet: Forages by a technique known as pursuit diving for mainly klipfish, pipefish, crustaceans, octopus and shrimps.
Description Coronatus is Latin for 'crowned', referring to the partly erect frontal head crest. Flight feathers and underwing are black in colour. Often confused with Cape and bank cormorants which have longer bills and shorter tails, but lack the prominent frontal head crest.
Breeding: Females lay between 1 and 5 eggs on a platform consisting of sticks, dry seaweed, bones and feathers. Peak Namibian laying dates are from October to March. Incubation lasts for around 20 days.
Size: 50cm. Weight: 750g. Wingspan: 85cm.
6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek
5 Days - A visit to Etosha and a private game park in central Namibia. Windhoek-Windhoek
4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Windhoek
3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek
3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.