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Grey-headed gull

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Grey-headed gulls (Larus cirrocephalus) are often sighted along the coast, coastal islands, lagoons, estuaries and harbours, pans, dams, lakes, rivers and sewage ponds.

Distribution: Absent from southern Namibia but common and widespread in coastal Namibian ranges such as Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, the Skeleton Coast as well as many sightings in Etosha National Park, Tsumkwe, Kaudom Game Park, Caprivi, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Aquatic invertebrates such as molluscs as well as frogs, fish, insects, eggs and chicks of other birds.

Description: Cirrocephalus is Latin for 'grey headed'. Often confused with Hartlaub's gull which is slightly smaller with shorter bill and legs.

Breeding: Breeds on islands, mostly in wetlands. Usually 3 eggs are laid in a shallow bowl made of grass, twigs and weeds.

Size: 40cm. Weight: 280g. Wingspan: 100cm.

African Odyssey

23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible

Combination Safari

19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek

Itenga Wildlife Mobile Safari

15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

Namibian Experience Safari

14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions

Essence of Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Hotels