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Green-winged pytilia

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Green-winged pytilias (Pytilia melba) are also known as the melba finch. They inhabit forest savannah and woodland, especially Acacia, vegetation itself that is close to water. Bathing in puddles after rain is common, usually in pairs.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia including Windhoek, from the Naukluft Mountains to the Khomas Hochland Mountains, Etosha National Park, Kavango Region, Tsumkwe and Kaudom Park and the Caprivi Strip.

Diet: Forages along the ground for insects and seeds. Also takes grasshoppers, spiders and crickets.

Description: A small waxbill with a slender bill. Males are brightly coloured with a barred belly and yellow wing and grey-brown flight feathers.

Breeding: Males collect nest material for the female to build a dry grass ball-shaped affair with a side entrance. From 2 to 5 eggs are laid from October to May and incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 15g.

Bullsport Guest Farm

The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.

Capricorn Rest Camp

A small, budget friendly, owner operated rest camp, with individual bungalows & campsites. Great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Naukluft Camp - Kudus Rus

Located in the mountainous Naukluft section of the Namib Naukluft Park, this is an ideal base for hikers or those wanting to relax at the crystal clear rock pools that amazingly exist in the desert environment

Neuras Wine Estate

One of the finest desert wine estates in the world can be found on the edge of the Namib Desert. The estate offers accommodation & wine tasting tours

Tsauchab River Camp

A small lodge on the banks of the Tsauchab River - an excellent place for walking and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Visitors are welcomed by an amazing arrary of metal sculptures

Zebra River Lodge

Another excellent place for hiking, in the Tsaris Mountains. If you want a genuinely warm welcome at a special lodge then this is an excellent choice. Zebra River can be used as a base for visits to the dunes at Sossusvlei, but is best used to relax and walk on the massive lodge property

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