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freckled nightjar

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Freckled nightjars (Caprimulgus tristgma) are difficult to spot by day due to their excellent camouflage on exposed rock or amongst vegetation in their favoured habitats of bare granite, Karoo sandstone, escarpments, ravines and along dry, rocky riverbeds.

Distribution: Caprivi, Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park and scattered populations extending south to the Orange River and Fish River Canyon. Absent from coastal regions and the Namib Desert.

Diet: Forages at dusk and dawn and on moonlit nights for flying insects, beetles and moths.

Description: Tristgma is the Latin word for '3 marks' which refers to (up to) 3 irregular patches on the scapulars (specific wing markings).

Breeding: A single pair of freckled nightjars breed together for at least 4 seasons. They are territorial, solitary nesters with females laying 2 eggs on successive days in a natural hollow on bare rock with wind-blown debris and stone chips acting as a nest.

Size: 28cm. Weight: 80g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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