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Fulvous duck

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Fulvous ducks (Dendrocygna bicolor) are found at inland water bodies, preferring shallow, thickly vegetated waters associated with aquatic grasses and other plants. They live in pairs or small family groups although numbers can rise to hundreds or even thousands in areas of suitable habitat. Ducklings are preyed upon by the African fish eagle.

Distribution: Scarce populations are found in Namibia but they are a common resident of the eastern Caprivi and the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Plant matter such as wavy-leaved pondweed shoots and aquatic insects. Also eats seeds of grasses and water-lilies.

Description: Members of the genus dendrocygna are small to medium-sized ducks with characteristic long legs and long necks. They are an aggressive bird who perform ritual displays. Dendrocygna is formed from the Greek word dendron which means tree and the Latin word for swan, cygnus. Bicolor is Latin for pied or bicoloured.

Breeding: Nests are built by both male and female ducks in well-concealed scrapes in long grass near water-lilies around 4 or 5 eggs are laid with an incubation period of around 24 to 26 days. Duckling will dive for around 5 to 8 seconds for food after about 20 days.

Size: 46cm. Weight: 720g.

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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