Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Klaas's cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas) inhabit broad-leafed woodland with mixed species of tree such as miombo and mopane. They can also be observed in Acacia type woodlands, thickets in gardens and alien trees scattered around farmsteads. Klaas's cuckoo are a solitary bird, heard more than seen.
Diet: A foliage forager hunting for invertebrates they glean from leaves. Hairy caterpillars feature largely on their diet as do butterflies, beetles, bugs and termites.
Description: Small, brightly coloured cuckoo with glossy green or bronze upperparts. Characteristic simple whistles repeated over and over by male from song-post for up to 20min a time. Chrysococcyx is the Greek word for golden cuckoo, which refers to the metallic sheen of both male and female plumage. Klaas was Le Vaillant's servant.
Breeding: Brood parasite. Removes host egg and lays 1 egg per nest with an incubation period of 12 days. Nestlings can fly reasonably well after about 12 days if they can avoid the unwanted attentions of Wahlberg's eagle.
Size: 18cm. Weight: 26g.
A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.
Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland
North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.