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Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Grey-go-away-birds (Corythaixoides concolor) or grey-louries inhabit dry savannah especially with Acacia trees and in dry riverine woodland. Also found in numbers in suburban gardens. Prey of many eagles such as African goshawk and Perigrine Falcon as well as genet. Locally nomadic in response to fruit availability. Found in groups of 3 to 20, although singly and in pairs as well. A feature of this bird is to climb and jump around in trees whilst showing off the crest by raising and lowering it.

Distribution: Common throughout Namibia especially the central and northern regions of the country including Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Rundu, coastal northern Namib Desert, Kalahari Desert, Caprivi, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Forages in tree canopy. Plucks fruit near ends of branches before going to ground to eat. Eats fruits, flowers and buds such as mistletoe, wild figs, buffalo-thorn, guavas, mulberries and peaches.

Description: Concolor is the Latin word for uniformly coloured, which is overall smokey-grey. They have distinctive, slit-shaped nostrils, crests on the forehead and crowns. Their main characteristic is a loud, harsh call which sound like a nasal go-away, hence the popular name. Corythaixoides is Latin for like Tauraco corythaix, the Knysna Turaco.

Breeding: Solitary nesters built of twigs in thorny trees. Between 1 and 4 eggs are laid every second day with an incubation period of around 28 days. Juveniles are fed by regurgitation by both adults who also carry water to the chick. Young leave the nest after 21 days before they are able to fly, self-feeding from the 33 day period.

Size: 50cm. Weight: 270g.

Ababis Guest Farm

One of the regions oldest farms, suitable for dune and Naukluft Mountain visits

Barchan Dune Retreat

A small lodge situated close to the spectacular Spreetzhoogte pass and around 10km from Solitaire

Kuangukuangu Luxury Cabin

A private and secluded hide-a-way in the Namib Desert. Ideal for those wanting a break from civilization

Rostock Ritz

Excellent food, too far to be the ideal base to visit Sossusvlei, good stop en-route to Swakopmund after night nearer the dunes

Solitaire Country Lodge

Budget option in Namibia's most famous one-horse town

Solitaire Guest Farm

Friendly owners and a stunning setting about 60km from Sesriem

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve

Explore the spectacular desert around this property or use it as a base to visit Sossusvlei.

Namibia Tours