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familiar chat

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Familiar chats (Cercomela familiaris) inhabit rocky mountain slopes, farmyards, villages and rocky hills and outcrops. They become tame and familiar around humans, in towns and at picnic sites, as well as village gardens, either singly, in pairs or small family groups.

Distribution: Fairly common throughout Namibia less for the north-eastern region. Found in Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, south to the Orange River and Fish River Canyon. Absent from most of the southern Namib Desert.

Diet: Eats mainly spiders, centipedes and millipedes, grasshoppers and crickets, weevils, ants, bugs and beetles, moths and butterflies. Eats seeds and soft fruits and scraps of human and pet foods.

Description: Of the 6 subspecies found in southern Africa, the main differences centre around the shade of brown on the upper parts, the strength of the rufous on the rump and the shading of the underparts. They variation in size is very little.

Breeding: From 2 to 4 eggs are laid June to April and incubated for up to 15 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 21g.

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.

Namibia Tours