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Kalahari scrub-robin

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Kalahari scrub-robins (Cercotrichas paena) spend much of their time singly or in pairs around stock watering points and cattle dips where spiders frequent piles of dung. Open sandveld with scattered trees is greatly favoured, as the elevated perches and bare ground are important requirements for feeding opportunities.

Distribution: Throughout Namibia less for the Namib Desert. More common in the Kalahari sands than in other regions.

Diet: Forages on the ground and around bushes for termites and ants, beetles, grasshoppers and spiders.

Description: A small robin, noted for its animated tail movements. Mimics a wide variety of birds, usually with a variable series of repetitive whistles and chirps. Paena is a Tswana name for this bird.

Breeding: From 2 to 4 eggs are laid from July to January and incubated by the female for around 13 days.

Size: 16cm. Weight: 20g.

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