greater striped swallow
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The habitat of the greater striped swallow (Hirundo cucullata) varies from open mountain and coastal lowland grassland, to shrubland, cultivated areas and farmyards. During the breeding season, pairs roost together in the nest at night. Sunbathing is conducted on bare ground such as gravel roads, often in groups of up to 30.
Diet: Circles and glides over open grassland for aerial plankton. Eats fruit such as mulberries.
Description: Chestnut-rufous forehead and crown, dark metallic blue-black mantle and back. Often confused with the smaller lesser striped swallow, which is more heavily streaked below.
Breeding: A mud pellet bowl is built by both male and female and lined with feathers and grass. Usually 3 eggs are laid from December to April and incubated for up to 20 days.
Size: 19cm. Weight: 25g.
The Arnhem Caves are the largest in Namibia, this simple rest camp allows guests to explore these caves
Built from locally made red Kalahari clay bricks this is a wonderful lodge. Expect good food, stunning Kalahari sunsets and a warm welcome
An ideal stop over in the Kalahari en-route between Botswana and central Namibia
Hans and Claudia run an excellent guest farm - activities include game drives, learning about (and eating) local sheep, the art centre and carpet weaving. We think this is one of the best guest farms in Namibia
Offers a variety of accommodation styles from guest houses to a tented camp.