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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.

Distribution: Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Etosha National Park, Kalahari Desert and higher altitudes throughout the rest of the country.

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.

Arnhem Cave Rest Camp

The Arnhem Caves are the largest in Namibia, this simple rest camp allows guests to explore these caves

Eningu Clay House

Built from locally made red Kalahari clay bricks this is a wonderful lodge. Expect good food, stunning Kalahari sunsets and a warm welcome

Kiripotib Guest Farm

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

Sandune Lodge

Offers a variety of accommodation styles from guest houses to a tented camp.

Namibia Tours