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Greater blue-eared starling

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Greater blue-eared starlings (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) spend a fair amount of time hopping around the ground in open savannah woodland and forest savannah. Up to 400 birds can be observed roosting in reedbeds and Acacia trees in the non-breeding season.

Distribution: North and north-eastern ranges of Namibia only including Etosha National Park, the Caprivi Strip and other scattered populations in Kaokoland and the Kavango Region.

Diet: Forages on the ground and in trees for fruits and berries such as figs and the nectar of sisal plants. Also eats insects including grasshoppers and beetles. Has been known to take, frogs, baby mice and small lizards.

Description: Glossy blue-green forehead to rump including the wings.

Breeding: Both male and female of the species line an old barbet or woodpecker nest with dry grass and feathers. From 2 to 5 eggs are laid August to January.

Size: 22cm. Weight: 90g.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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