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golden weaver

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Golden weavers (Ploceus xanthops) head for vegetation along northern perennial rivers and tall grasses on forest edges and woodland savannah.

Distribution: Occurs only along the Kunene River, Epupa Falls, Kavango River, Rundu and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). Common in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Forages within dense vegetation for caterpillars, termites and grasshoppers. Also takes fruits, berries and nectar.

Description: (Xanthops) is the Greek meaning for 'golden eye' referring to their pale yellow eyes. Other features include a golden yellow head and nape, brown flight feathers, a yellow underwing and an olive-green back and tail.

Breeding: Males build up to 5 kidney-shaped nests, lined by the female, which are suspended from drooping vegetation. From 1 to 3 eggs are laid August to April and incubated for up to 15 days.

Size: 16cm. Weight: 40g.

Conception Bay Flight

A scenic flight along Namibia's Forbidden Coast (Sperrgebiet) an area which is virtually impossible to visit overland. Attractions seen on this flight include ship wrecks, seal colonies and Sandwich Harbour. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Scenic Flight

A scenic flight over the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Excursion

A scenic flight that lands near Sesriem and includes a trip into the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Ultimate South

View a massive portion of southern Namibia from the air. A landing and ground excursion to the Fish River Canyon finish of this day trip. Flight from Swakopmund

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