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greater kestrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: In Namibia, the greater kestrel (Falco rupicoloides) prefers open veld with low vegetation, areas that yield lower rainfall. They are usually found singly or in pairs, usually perching on the highest vantage points available, which include pylons, poles and trees.

Distribution: Throughout most of Namibia including Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Namib Desert, Kalahari Desert, Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Feeds mainly on grasshoppers and termites, but also takes lizards, chameleons, snakes, birds and small mammals.

Description: Large round headed kestrel an overall rufous colour.

Breeding: Occasionally nests near lappet-faced vultures and pied crows. Females lay between 1 and 7 eggs between March and January.

Size: 35cm. Weight: 280g.

Namibia Explorer

10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Delta & Falls Safari

9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls

Namibia Family Adventure Safari

10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults

Southern Swing

7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari

Northern Adventure

7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei

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