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lanner falcon

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Lanner falcons (Falco biarmicus) are most frequently sighted in open grassland, open woodland and agricultural areas. They are found singly or in pairs, often roosting from a prominent site such as a nest cliff.

Distribution: Throughout most of Namibia including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Kunene River mouth, Kalahari Desert, Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Hunts from the perch or in the air and often at waterholes for birds, small mammals, reptiles and insects.

Description: Rufous crown and nape, grey tail and flight feathers. The Latin word biarmicus literally means 'two-armed' perhaps a reference to the notches on each side of the bill.

Breeding: A nest could consist of a simple scrape in the ground, cliff ledge, nest box or on a building. Females lay between 1 and 5 eggs between May and September and incubated for around 32 days.

Size: 45cm. Weight: 650g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Sossusvlei Hotels