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European bee-eater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) inhabit a wide range of regions, irrespective of their altitudes, although it is absent from the driest and wettest areas of the country. They are a highly gregarious species with flocks numbering between 20 and 100. Roosting takes place in similar numbers in leafed trees of around 7/8m high.

Distribution: Widespread in Namibia less for the Namib Desert. Particularly common in the north-central regions of the country such as Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls and from Windhoek eastwards through Gobabis into Botswana.

Diet: European bee-eaters hunt prey in flight such as bees and wasps, flying ants and termites, flies, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers and locusts.

Description: Apiaster is Latin for bee-eater. A year-round vocalizer with a clear alarm call of dick-dick-dick-dick.

Breeding: Male and females can bond for a number of years, at time for life. They are colonial nesters with up to 30 nests active at a time, on occasions mixed with pied starlings and banded and brown-throated martins. Between 2 to 6 eggs are laid between October and January with an incubation period of around 12 days.

Size: 29cm. Weight: 52g.

Heinitzburg Castle

Romantic accommodation in an restored castle, a must for honeymoons. Also the finest (and most expensive) restaurant in Windhoek

Hotel Pension Thule

Situated in on a hilltop with commanding views over the Klein Windhoek valley

Hotel Safari

near Eros Airport on the southern outskirts of town lies this 3 star hotel

Olive Exclusive

a luxury boutique hotel, offering top range private suites. Great for honeymooners, luxury & exclusivity guaranteed.

Safari Court Hotel

large hotel complex on the outskirts of town - near the Eros Airport

Windhoek Country Club Resort

A large hotel and casino, situated next to the golf course on the outskirts of town

Windhoek Hilton Hotel

situated in central Windhoek this hotel has 154 rooms, a casino and several bars and dining areas

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