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curlew sandpiper

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Coastal lagoons, shorelines, estuaries and bays, as well as inland wetlands are typical habitats of the curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea). Flocks of thousands are not uncommon.

Distribution: Patchy populations in north-east and southern Namibia, common around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay north along the Skeleton coast as far north as the Kunene River estuary. Also occurs in Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Luderitz and the Caprivi Strip.

Diet: Pecks and probes for mud snails and small crabs.

Description: Medium-sized grey wader with rusty coloured breeding plumage (ferruginea). Males and females alike in plumage colouration. Often confused with the larger ruff.

Breeding: Non-breeder in Namibia.

Size: 45cm. Weight: 55g

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

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