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crowned cormorant

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.

Distribution From Mwe Bay on the Skeleton Coast south to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, south to Luderitz and the Orange River.

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.

Dunes & Wildlife

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

Desert Dream Tour

4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Tour

4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Express

3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Express

3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek

Sossusvlei Shuttle Tour

3 Days - Of all our short trips to Soussusvlei this tour offers the best value for money

Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari

3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.

Self Catering Namibia