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lesser grey shrike

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Although lesser grey shrikes (Lanius minor) avoid dense stands of bushes and low trees, they are regularly observed in open Acacia savannah and other woodland locations. On the northern Namibian escarpment they are found in stunted, open mopane areas, as well as general regions that offer space, bare ground and a few tall shady trees to shelter in the heat of the day.

Distribution: Fairly common in most of Namibia except for the very arid west and southern regions of the country. Regularly observed in the arid savannahs of Khomas Hochland around Windhoek.

Diet: Sits and waits before pouncing on prey on the ground. Eats mostly invertebrates, mainly insects and at times, only beetles.

Description: Black wings with broad white patch at the base of the primaries. Other features include a white throat, black bill, brown eyes, legs and feet. Often confused with the common fiscal which has a black crown to mantle, not grey. Between March and April, sings a soft warbling chatter.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 21cm. Weight: 46g.

Oryx Self Drive

3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Dolphin Self Drive

3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon

Elephant Self Drive

4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha

Springbuck Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip

Warthog Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei

Rhino Self Drive

10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei

Puku Self Drive

10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta

Porcupine Self Drive

12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Meerkat Self Drive

14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert

Leopard Self Drive

20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts

Lechwe Self Drive

21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Honey Badger Self Drive

24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country

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