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great-spotted cuckoo

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Great-spotted cuckoos (Clamator glandarius) inhabit dry, open savannah woodlands in particular Acacia and scattered thickets and trees with grassland. Glandarius is a Latin word and is derived from glandula or glandium which means acorn. It refers to the acorn eating and collection traits of the Acorn Jay (Garrulus glandarius) as well as the jay-like behaviour of the great-spotted cuckoo.

Distribution: Throughout northern and central Namibia including Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Rundu and the Caprivi. Absent from the Namib Desert.

Diet: Hairy caterpillars, ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers and dragonflies.

Description: Medium to large crested cuckoos with long, graduated tails, sturdy feet and legs and feet and a characteristic loud and chattering voice. Clamator is the Latin word for noisy, which refers to their loud, chattering cries. Jacobinus is Latin and is derived from Jacobin, a French Dominican friar. Their pied plumage resembled the traditional habit of these friars.

Breeding: Lays eggs in mainly starling species and pied crow with up 6 eggs in a single clutch with an incubation period of around 14 days.

Size: 40cm. Weight: 170g.

Auas Safari Lodge

A privately owned game farm, with a good variety of wildlife just a short distance south of Windhoek.

Daan Viljoen Game Park

Newly built lodge in a small well stocked game reserve west of Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm

This lodge is very popular amongst those seeking leopard and cheetah viewing close to Windhoek. Regular feedings guarantee great sightings and photographic opportunities

Elisenheim Guest Farm

A relaxing lodge in the Eros Mountains (named after a local fruit and not the goddess of love) around 30km north of the city

Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Opposite the Windhoek International Airport, close enough to be extremely convenient but far enough away that planes are not a distraction. Great for those arriving late or leaving early, as cuts out the 45km drive from Windhoek/

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

Between Windhoek and the International Airport lies this interesting cattle & game farm

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

Large lodge on a large well stocked game farm


On a large private game farm close to the Windhoek International Airport, ideal for those not wanting to travel into Windhoek before or after their arrival in Namibia

Onjala Lodge

Offering horse riding, spa treatments and two swimming pools, this is a good family lodge

River Crossing Lodge

a few kilometers east of Windhoek this lodge offers unsurpassed views of the city from a setting in the Auas Mountains

Windhoek Game Camp

20km north of the city, this tented lodge offers a quality self catering experience surrounded by the veld and wildlife

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