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Grey-rumped swallow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Grey-rumped swallows (Pseudhirundo griseopyga) inhabit floodplains and large woodland clearings near water. They can also be observed in farmlands and short sandy grassland near water, usually in pairs or small, loose flocks of no more than 30 birds.

Distribution: Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and the lower Kunene River.

Diet: Prey caught aerially over low grass or above ground. Eats mainly insects and aerial arthropods.

Description: Brown forehead, crown and nape. Deeply forked brownish black tail. Flight feathers brownish black. Griseopyga is Greek for 'a grey rump'. Often confused with the heavier house martin.

Breeding: Females lay 2 to 5 eggs in a burrow made of dry grass blades and stems. Incubation period is unknown.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 9g.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

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