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kittlitz's plover

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Kittlitz's plover (Charadrius pecuarius) can be found close to water, usually in open, dry mud and short grass. Natural pans, salt-marshes, floodplains and estuaries are also favoured. They roost communally at night in hollows such as hoof-prints.

Distribution: Common in Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, central Namibia.

Diet: Stands with 1 foot vibrating on the surface, which attracts prey to the surface and then feeds on small beetles, crickets, spiders, worms and crabs. Pecuarius is Latin for 'a grazer' which is a reference to their grassland habitat.

Description: Characteristic greenish-black legs and pale nuchal collar distinguishes it from all other Charadrius species except white-fronted and Kentish plovers.

Breeding: Between 1 and 3 eggs are laid year-round in a simple scrape in sand or dried mud and lined with pebbles, mud, grass and animal dung. Incubation periods are around 26 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 40g.

Elegant Farmstead

On an old mission station south of Okahandja, the farm Otjisazu is full of historical interest

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Situated some distance west of Okahandja the natural hot spring has been tapped and is used to full both an indoor and outdoor pool

Okahandja Country Hotel

A tranquil garden & African decor give this country hotel laid back, relaxed feeling. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Okahandja

Omatozu Game Farm

A game farm which offers a 'boutique camping experience' with accommodation in air-conditioned permanently erected tents

Oropoko Lodge

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