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Dark-capped bulbul

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Dark-capped bulbuls (Pycnonotus tricolor) will inhabit any wooded or bushy environment that contains a suitable amount of fruiting trees and shrubs. Therefore gardens and orchards associated with human communities can expect to be visited by this species.

Distribution: North Namibia especially the Kavango River region and the waterways and river systems of the Caprivi Strip especially around the Kwando/Chobe/Zambezi Rivers.

Diet: Picks fruit and gleans insects from trees. Eats berries whole, probes flowers for nectar (coating its head with pollen in the process) and removes spiders from their web and eats them. Will be attracted to bird tables, picnic sites and camping grounds.

Description: Upper parts mainly greyish brown less for a dark brown face, top of head and chin. Often confused with the African red-eyed bulbul which has a broader orange eye ring. Thickly feathered (Pycnonotus) backs are a feature.

Breeding: As the female builds the nest the male will stand around and sing until it is finished. It is made of dry grass and small twigs and bound with spider web. Females lay 2 or 3 eggs between September and January and take up to 15 days to incubate.

Size: 21g. Weight: 40g.

African Odyssey

23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible

Combination Safari

19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek

Itenga Wildlife Mobile Safari

15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

Namibian Experience Safari

14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions

Essence of Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

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